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Dorian Gray 'still relevant today'

14th September 2009

Oscar Wilde's themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray remain relevant to today's society, it has been claimed.

The actor Ben Barnes, who stars as Dorian Gray in the film adaptation of the book, suggested that the story throws up moral questions that are just as important in modern times as in Wilde's life.

Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film has been screened, he told the Associated Press: 'We are in an age that is obsessed with youth and beauty and the aesthetic, it is important to keep a check on how powerful that is.

'Wilde is lasting because his lines are so wonderful and his themes are important and the story is great.'

Meanwhile, speaking to the Canadian Press the film's director Oliver Parker drew even closer comparisons between Wilde's work and modern celebrity by comparing Dorian Gray with the recently deceased King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

He told the news agency: 'If you think what was happening to his face, and also there he was in Never Never Land and that's kind of what this story is all about.'

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