“We don’t have many Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts”: Marvel Star Michael Douglas Blames American Actors’ Lack of Masculinity for Losing Iconic Roles to British and Australian Hunks

Marvel Star Michael Douglas Blames American Actors' Lack of Masculinity for Losing Iconic Roles to British and Australian Hunks
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Michael Douglas has had a stellar career that lasted over five decades and captivated audiences with his mesmerizing performances. However, previously the Marvel star stirred up controversy with his candid remarks about the state of American actors in the industry. In a statement that caught many by surprise, the seasoned actor attributed the loss of iconic roles to British and Australian actors to a perceived lack of masculinity among his comrades.

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Renowned Actor, Michael Douglas

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Douglas had openly voiced his concerns regarding the absence of American leading men in Hollywood blockbusters.


According To Michael Douglas, British And Australian Actors Had Secured Numerous Top American Roles

Michael Douglas shed light on the growing prominence of British and Australian actors in American cinema. The actor has voiced concerns over what he perceives as a crisis among young American actors.

Michael Douglas
Marvel Star, Michael Douglas

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Previously, the 78-year-old noticed a trend where British and Australian stars were securing more cinema roles, including iconic characters like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, to the disadvantage of American actors.


He attributes this sensation to international actors’ greater emphasis on their image and a perceived lack of machismo among American actors. 

According to the actor, the American entertainment industry’s obsession with social media and appearance, rather than formal training, has affected the range and opportunities of American actors.

Additionally, he highlights the importance of Australian male actors due to their image of 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 phenomenon.”

However, Douglas also expressed worry over the critical access to top roles for American actors.

Michael Douglas Expressed Concern Over An Infusion Of Australian And British Talent Into Hollywood

Douglas widely recognized for his portrayal of Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has previously expressed concerns over the increasing inflow of Australian and British talent in Hollywood.

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The Sentinel Performer, Michael Douglas

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During a media interview, he highlighted the trend of British and Australian actors securing many prominent American roles, mentioning examples such as Wall Street II and Solitary Man, where British actresses Imogen Poots and Carey Mulligan played American characters. He stated,

“Wall Street II and Solitary Man, each of which called for a New York City sophisticated 17-19-year-old, somewhat spoiled, wealthy girl.’ Once again, we ended up with Imogen Poots and Carey Mulligan, two British actresses playing pretty American roles.” 

However, it is important to note that the artist’s argument rests on the premise that this infusion of Australian and British talent hinders opportunities for American actors, which may be debatable.

However, Douglas’s remarks ignited discussions on the evolving Hollywood landscape and the impact of international actors on American cinema.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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