The 71-year-old Australian actor, who is best known for his roles in movies such as The Club, said that he is always more "inclined" to accept roles where it actually "makes a difference" that he agrees to take part.
Thompson told The Age: "If I get offered a small part in a big Hollywood film, and it doesn't really matter if I'm in it or not, I don't really see the point. But if it's a small Australian film, and my being in it makes a difference to whether it gets made or not, I'm much more inclined.''
Thompson is currently filming Blinder, which tells the story of a young footballer whose career is destroyed by scandal. He plays the coach of a minor league side called the Torquay Tigers.
He said of the part: "I feel like the elder in the tribe here, but it's a wonderful role."
Thompson explained that the way sport is filmed for movies has changed since he made The Club, saying: "The difference is really the sophistication of the multi-camera coverage, digital recording, the fact you don't have to change the magazine on the camera and yell, 'Cut' any more. Television has allowed for more dynamic coverage.''
Thompson is also known for his roles in The Great Gatsby, December Boys and Australia.
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Watch Jack Thompson in a trailer for The Club below: