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Fiennes Dislike Sex Symbol Image

January 2, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ralph Fiennes winces when he’s called a sexy star.

``The very language that people use about sexy roles and being a star is a language that I distrust. It’s never been something that I can buy into or put my money on,″ the 35-year-old star of ``Schindler’s List″ and ``The English Patient″ said in Friday’s Daily News.

In his latest role, in ``Oscar and Lucinda,″ he plays a disturbed Victorian minister torn between the exhilaration of gambling and the desire to serve God.

``I just loved the character,″ Fiennes said. ``I loved his dilemma, I loved his guilt, I loved his jubilation and I loved his confusion. ... I think actors should try different things and shouldn’t be bound by a sort of consistent theme in their casting.″

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