Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Family Picture

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Count Michael Douglas among those who probably wouldn't mind it if Facebook added a big "dislike" button to its current list of options.

Speaking with London's Independent, the Oscar winner said this week that young Hollywood is having an image crisis—as in, the youngsters care way too much about their images and it's ruining Hollywood!

"There's something going on with young American actors—both men and women—because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them," observed the Ant-Man star and father of three, whose two youngest kids—14-year-old Dylan and 12-year-old Carys—are at that age where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, et al., are everything.

And really, he could be talking about just young people (and some not so young, and plenty not from the United States) in general—but he thinks the next generation of American actors in particular is getting way too caught up in their own hype.

"Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts," he added. "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."

Don't worry, Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt, he doesn't mean you.

"With the Aussies, particularly with the males it's the masculinity," Douglas said. "In the US 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."

Well, Australia are up a few Hemsworth brothers on us, but... They're on social media, too! As are Pratt and Tatum!

"There's a crisis in young American actors right now," Douglas continued. "Everyone's much more image conscious than they are about actually playing the part."

Well, Hollywood (geographically and symbolically) is known for wanting hotter, bigger, louder, more followers, more buzz, more hype...

But surely a few Brits and Aussies care deeply about how they come off on social media, too.


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