One only has to look at the controversy surrounding the song ‘Blurred Lines’, in particular the line ‘I know you want it’ to see that the ‘I’ is not presumed to be the voice of the character, but of the artist. Why, then, does this kind of thing not happen to actors? Do we really believe, for example, that Larry David is truly playing himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm, rather than a grossly exaggerated version created for comedic purposes? Or that Sacha Baron Cohen is speaking his own beliefs when posing as Borat, Ali G, Bruno, or Admiral General Aladeen’?
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