Billy Bob Thornton says TV has become more sophisticated than movies

Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton has become the latest Hollywood star to argue that television now provides a more creative environment for actors to work in than film.

Speaking ahead of his appearance in the forthcoming small-screen remake of the Coen brothers' classic 1996 neo-noir Fargo, Thornton said those in search of sophisticated scripts were increasingly turning to TV. He said cinema was now about churning out action movies, broad comedies and "movies where apparently vampires are all models".

"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 the best adapted screenplay Oscar for his 1996 film Sling Blade. "If you want to be an actor, get on a really good series in television because there's where it's at."

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Thornton's fellow Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh announced his big-screen retirement last year. The director of Traffic, Magic Mike and the Ocean's Eleven series has accused Hollywood of treating directors in an "absolutely horrible" fashion over the past two decades.

Hollywood legend David Lynch recently railed against the "depressing" landscape of modern cinema, amid suggestions he will never make another film. "Television is way more interesting than cinema now," he told the Independent. "It seems like the art-house has gone to cable."