Can one achieve intimacy with in the guise of a character? I don’t really know the answer to this but I’ll offer an opinion. I’ll put myself in the position of an audience member. So if I’m sat with a character it’s all pretend right? So I can pretend to be intimate with them but I know underneath that it’s all pretend because this person is not themselves but a character. But if I’m sat opposite a real person (or someone I perceive to be real) then I can believe that the connection is real not faked. I can know that I’ve had a conversation, or a moment with a person who is just being themselves and that is far more intimate, and special, then being confronted by a character.