Actor Michael Douglas has thrown his hat into the discursive ring, opining that perhaps the perceived lack of American men in “American” film roles is a matter (not of perception, but rather) of a diminished masculinity stateside. I’ll let Professor Douglas take it from here.
A star study of Jake Gyllenhaal, in brief, from Grantland’s Mark Harris.
The New Yorker’s Richard Brody tackles Terrence Rafferty’s lament regarding the purported decline in American acting. Brody’s critique is largely correct here, that, in effect, hoping for another Marlon Brando not only oversimplifies the contexts that produced the performer (and crucially, I would add, work to frame industrial and popular reception of performance) but also does a disservice to less visible, but no less viable, American performers working today.
Recently there’s been a rash of articles lamenting the absence of “quality” (meaning here critically embraced and/or commercially viable) American actors and a seemingly dominant presence of UK performers on American screens. I’ll have more to say about this latest series in a while. For now, though, check out the latest of these pieces, from The Guardian.
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