Jane Fonda Becoming Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' Film 'The Butler'

March 26, 2012
Source: Variety

Jane Fonda / Nancy Reagan

Much of the cast for Lee Daniels' follow-up to Precious has already been revealed with Forest Whitaker taking the titular role in The Butler and supporting players like Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Lima Neeson and John Cusack. Now, with a summer start date looming closer, the cast is still growing as Variety reports Jane Fonda has been lined up to play Nancy Reagan, wife to President Ronald Reagan. The casting is interesting considering Fonda's vocal opinions against war, not to mention her strong support of feminist ideals and values. However, apparently these casting deals are not official, so anything can happen.

The film follows the story of Eugene Allen, a servant in the White House who worked through eight presidents from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan. The article follows his work from starting at the White House  as a "pantry man" in 1952, when blacks weren't allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia through various historical events like the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, and the election of President Barack Obama. And with a cast like this, you can bet it will get the Academy's attention when the time comes.

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Can't imagine that she wants to end her career with the kind of movies she's been in the last decade.

Michael Lee on Mar 26, 2012


This sounds exciting. Like Emilio Estevez's "Bobby" plus "Forrest Gump."

ronald suk on Mar 26, 2012


What a disgrace.  I've met Naval Aviator former POWs who were tortured because of Fonda's betrayal of them.  Some of them passed her notes when she visited North Vietnam on her traitorous trip during the war, describing the abuse they were suffering, and she handed those notes over to their guards. At least one man was tortured to death as a result. Fonda is a despicable human being. Sure, she was a "vocal" opponent of the Vietnam war.  She went over several lines in her opposition.  And, of course, she was wrong, since she was on the side of the communists, who murdered more people in a single century than had been killed in the wars of the previous five.  And now she plays Nancy Reagan, someone with more class in her big toe than Jane Fonda will ever have.

Sharkman on Mar 27, 2012


If she's in it we won't come!

Desfuller13 on Mar 27, 2012


As a Marine veteran and great admirer of President Ronald Reagan, I will have no choice but to boycott this film if Hanoi Jane stars in it.  I agree with Sharkman, "What a disgrace".  The producer of this film had better rethink this choice unless the true goal is to alienate many military veterans and their supporters.

Gumby on Mar 27, 2012


As a veteran I too will boycott the film! If every veteran takes a stand and refuses to watch the film and influences their friends and family it is guaranteed to be a major flop!

Laura Boone Sisk on Mar 27, 2012


Hanoi Jane wouldn't make pimple on Nancy Reagan's posterior

Dayo on Jul 28, 2012


I will not see this garbage. To choose such a woman to play one of the most destinguished women of the 20th Century is a slap in the face and is beyond my abitity to accept. I will not see this or any film made by Producer, Director or Distributare. She has chosen her path, let her walk it. She turned her back on the American Men and Women that have died to give her this choise. Reap what you have sown "Hanoie Jane", you are without worth.

Mike Williams on Dec 27, 2012


Jane Fonda should not play the part of Nancy Reagan. If Jane wants to play the part of a president’s wife, save her for the part of Hillary Clinton. Jane Fonda playing the part of Nancy Reagan would be a mockery of Nancy Reagan. While Jane Fonda is an excellent actress, the whole nation knows what her political views are and they would not see it as good acting. Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan makes this movie political. The movie industry is already getting a reputation of letting politics run the industry and movies to divide this nation. Jane should wait for a movie she feels passion about because she has empathy for the person she is portraying, not passion because she is totally contrary to the person. This is not a fiction film, it is a true story and the part should be played by one who has respect for the person they are portraying and what that person represents.

Just one voice on Apr 24, 2013

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