The actor, 79, appeared on Access, where he spoke about giving Josh, 51, acting advice.
“I told him one thing a long time ago — he’s his own man, he has his own ideas — but I told him one great thing,” James said. “Don’t be a leading man, ever. Be a character actor and you’ll work forever.”
His reason for the surprising piece of wisdom? James said, “[A] leading man has a little time span [to work], he’s in and out.”
James’ own career has consisted of successful character actor roles in films such as The Amityville Horror, Catch Me If You Can, Burlesque and Traffic. Despite his own concerns regarding Josh’s career path, James said his son has both surprised him and made him proud.
“Look at him, he takes this movie with Thanos and I go, ‘I didn’t mean that!'” James said, referring to this year’s massive Avengers: Endgame in which Josh reprised his role of villain Thanos.
“It’s the biggest thing, he never has to work again,” James added. “New baby, new life, I’m so proud.”
James said the new dad was “a diapering fool” as he focuses on taking care of his daughter alongside Boyd. The Brolin family has a lot to celebrate — including the engagement of Josh’s oldest daughter, Eden.
In August 2018, Josh shared a photo of Eden and her fiance, actor Cameron Crosby, sharing a kiss by a lake as he wrote about the news.
“My little girl’s getting married, asked by a guy whom I adore. Imagine that? A guy who I have a strong feeling will look after her best interests, keep her heart safe,” he added. “Congratulations, you two. I couldn’t be more proud, more moved, or more relieved. Congratulations!!!! @edenbrolin& @cameroncrosby9 ❤️❤️❤️💪🙏 #daddyslittlegirl #maturity#realisasrealdoes #respectfulfiancee.”