Actor Panic 2015: Michael Douglas reasons American men too “asexual” and “unisex” for major film work

Courtesy of EAMONN MCCORMACK/WIREIMAGE
Courtesy of EAMONN MCCORMACK/WIREIMAGE

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.

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Exorcising the theatrical demons

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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.