Billy Bob Thornton said actors who want to work on sophisticated projects are finding them in television and not film.
He's proving the point with a starring role in the upcoming FX series "Fargo," inspired by the 1996 Joel and Ethan Coen movie.
Thornton told a Television Critics Association meeting Tuesday that while Hollywood studios churn out action movies, broad comedies and "movies where apparently vampires are all models," TV offers the kind of insightful work once common in films.
He says that's why peers like Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Kevin Bacon have turned to television.
"The entertainment business can pretend all they want, but the movie world has changed drastically, particularly in the last five or six years," said Thornton, who won a best-screenplay Oscar for "Sling Blade" and was nominated for his role in the 1996 film.
"If you want to be an actor, get on a More