Michael Douglas Thinks Social Media Is Destroying Young American Actors

Michael Douglas Thinks Social Media Is Destroying Young American Actors

Michael Douglas has worked with his share of Hollywood talent over the years, but he's not too pleased with the latest crop of American actors.

In a new interview with The Independent, the 70-year-old actor has a few choice words for burgeoning stars: namely, that they should get off social media and stick to their craft.

Young American actors are "getting caught up in their image" and losing roles to actors from the U.K. and Australia, he told the British newspaper.

“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 worries that American actors are getting too soft, though he makes an exception for noted muscleman Channing Tatum.

“With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity," he said. "In the U.S. 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.”

Douglas next appears in "Ant-Man," the latest entry in Marvel's cinematic universe, which hits theaters July 17.

In the meantime, Douglas evidently plans to expand his role as a leading voice on modern technology.

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