Jude Law believes public perception of him is probably fuelled by reports about his private life which are both untrue and "nobody's business".
The actor said there are so many things in showbusiness that "people only perceive the veneer of", and said they dwell on what has become the "lazy memory of someone".
In an interview with The Sunday Times Culture magazine, he said: "I have a notion that the majority of the perception is fuelled by, sadly, an awful lot of stuff written about my private life that a) isn't true, and b) if it is true is nobody's business, and certainly shouldn't be a reflection on what I do at work."
Law, 40, said he is only interested in what people do - "the proof in the pudding".
The Sherlock Holmes star also spoke about controversial US singer Miley Cyrus who hit headlines recently for her raunchy dance moves.
"Young Miley Cyrus has caused all this scandal but she's got two number one hits, she's making loads of money and she'll carry on getting coverage," he said.