With a long career, Michael Douglas certainly knows what it takes to carry oneself as a leading actor. Yet, from the perspective as a sage, 70-year-old, second-generation star, he’s noticed a disturbing trend among the latest generation of American actors, particularly the males, that hinders them from reaching their full potential as performers: obsessive image consciousness.
In an interview with The U.K.’s The Independent, Douglas assails the common attribute of narcissism amongst the new crop of American actors. While it may sound like a time-honored tongue-lashing from an elder against the capricious ways of whippersnappers, the Ant-Man star seems to believe that attitudes have become insidious to not only the masculinity of American male leads, but has detrimentally affected the quality and number of projects that get greenlit. According to Douglas:
“There’s a crisis in young American actors right now. Everyone’s much more image conscious than they are about actually playing the part.”
Douglas makes a direct (albeit generalizing) comparison of young actors in America with those in Britain, who seem to have a more expressed interest in the art of acting, showing serious commitment to the craft. However, when it comes to young American actors, Douglas believes that the increasing superficiality in American culture, magnified by the habitual practice seeking validation on social media, have created an unfortunate degradation in the not just the quality of performers that the current generation has yielded, but also a decline in larger-than-life masculine personalities. He cites the increasing array of Australian leading men as having filled this gap. As Douglas further explains:…
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