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Threats do not bother Jessica

Los Angeles, March 14: They can’t scare Jessica Lange away.

Entertainment industry insiders for weeks have suggested that actors who rant against US policy in Iraq risk alienating their fans or losing lucrative endorsement contracts.

But Lange says such stories are merely “scare tactics designed to make people shy away from speaking out.”

“They’re hollow threats,” Lange said this week at the premiere of Normal, an HBO drama about transgender issues.

“It doesn’t occur to me to consider that when I’m speaking out because I feel so strongly about this that nothing would deter me.” Lange was one of the several celebrities who recently delivered an antiwar petition — signed by more than 1 million people — to the US mission to the UN.

“The Bush administration is hellbent on this and I think they have been since last September,” the two-time Oscar winner said.

“Nothing that the other religious or political leaders in the world say seems to affect the drive they’re on.”

For her part, Jane Anderson, the director and writer of the Jessica Lange-starrer Normal, said she isn’t worried Lange’s sentiment would affect viewership of the drama. The film stars Tom Wilkinson as a man awakening to the realisation he would rather be a woman.

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