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Lawyers shelve Alexander action
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Director Oliver Stone says Alexander is historically accurate
Greek lawyers have put plans to sue the makers of film epic Alexander, which shows the ruler as bisexual, on ice.

The group had claimed the film was "pure fiction and not a true depiction of Alexander's life", and wanted this made clear to cinema-goers.

But the lawyers have withrawn their demand to have the film's opening on Friday delayed, so they can watch a preview screening of it.

Director Oliver Stone said there was a historian on set to ensure accuracy.

The lawyers have already requested that a credit is added to the start of the film to make it clear it is pure fiction.

Warner Bros and Stone have not made any direct comment about the request.

The lawyers' leader, Yiannis Varnakos, denied homophobia was the motive behind their action.

"We would have reacted the same was if the issue didn't involve homosexuality," he said.

"We just don't want a distortion of historical facts."


Alexander's place in Greece's history has caused controversy in the past.

Two years ago, a conference on the Macedonian-born ruler was stormed as a paper about his homosexuality was about to be presented.

The only overtly sexual scene in the film is between Alexander and his wife Roxanne.

She opens the scene by putting a knife to Alexander's throat after catching him accepting a ring from his male love interest Hephaestion.

The film opened in the US last week, taking $21.6m (11.4m) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It will be released in the UK on 7 January.

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