Letter: Gays and the law

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Sir: Cameron Docherty (Film, 18 June) argues that Anne Heche should have stayed in the closet because we cannot believe her character is genuinely attracted to the character played by Harrison Ford (a man - damn!). Does this mean, for instance, that Woody Allen should never be involved with a woman his own age on screen because we all know Soon Yi is much younger? Should he worry about playing opposite non-Koreans?

If an actor's real-life relationships are relevant to the plausibility of a performance, why is the sex of the significant other the only relevant factor?

HELEN DeWITT

London SE16

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