U.S. actor Billy Bob Thornton has attacked the American film industry saying it is currently producing the "worst movies in history", before placing blame at the feet of the "video game-playing generation".
Speaking to British broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph
, Thornton said: "We’re living in a time when we’re making — in my humble opinion — the worst movies in history."
“They’re geared toward the video game-playing generation," he continued. "And these video games, which I’m on my son about constantly, these games are people killing for fun, and I think traditionally in movies, there’s always been some kind of lesson in the violent movies.”
Thornton went on to defend his forthcoming picture, Faster
, a violent tale of an ex-convict (Dwayne Johnson) on a quest for revenge against the people who set him up, in which the actor plays a flawed cop on his trail.
“This movie doesn’t say, ‘Oh, here’s this fun guy and we’re going to do this tongue-in-cheek character right out of a video game who likes to destroy things’ and all this kind of thing," he said. "This movie actually shows what prisons create, what murder creates. It shows this perpetual, violent string of events.”