Michael Douglas says social media cause US actors lose roles

Actor Michael Douglas speaks out about what he believes to be ‘a crisis in young American actors right now’

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Michael Douglas (70) has been in the industry for 50 years and there are many things he criticizes about up-and-coming actors today compare to his days in an interview with the Independent.

According to the two-time Oscar winning actor Douglas, an American obsession with image and social media has enabled international actors to take many of the top American roles away from US male actors.

At an interview given to the Independent Douglas also blamed social media and lack of machismo for actors’ failures.

Douglas said “There’s something going on with young American actors - both men and women - because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them,”

He said “Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts. In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we’re going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal training. Many actors are getting caught up in this image thing which is going on to affect their range.”

Douglas also added “With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity. In the US we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with sensitive young men and we don’t have many Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts, while the Aussies do. It’s a phenomena.”

The actor next stars in Ant-Man, the final film in Marvel's “Phase Two” series, directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige. It will be released in cinemas in July 2015.

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