Jane Fonda to Critic: 'Get a Life'
Veteran, others not happy with her role as Nancy Reagan
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
Jane Fonda arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan in Lee Daniels' The Butler this fall, and—thanks to her well-known liberal activism and the controversial pictures of her in Hanoi during the Vietnam War—some conservatives aren't happy about it. One Navy veteran started a "Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan" Facebook page—but to him and his ilk, Fonda says, "Get a life." In her view, "If he creates hoopla, it will cause more people to see the movie," she tells the Hollywood Reporter. She adds that a friend of hers actually met with the former first lady, and Reagan "was pleased that I was playing her."

"I might not have always agreed with Nancy Reagan, but I admire her, and I'd never try to insert my views when playing her," Fonda adds. But the vet, Larry Reyes, says Fonda's casting feels like a "middle finger" from Hollywood—and Ann Coulter agrees, telling the Reporter, "Do liberals hate Nancy Reagan that much?" The Reporter notes that all of the Republican presidents portrayed in the film are played by liberal actors: John Cusack (Richard Nixon), Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), and Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan).

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MarkFL
Aug 24, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
All the conservatives are played by liberal actors??????? Well, I'm sorry. John Voight, Chuck Norris, and Arnold Schwartzenegger do not look anything like Nancy Reagan!
rickydarlin
Apr 15, 2013 12:59 PM CDT
get a life' ???....what about the deaths you caused OUR solders in viet nam
AmericaNeedsHeroes
Apr 14, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
Friends don't let friends go to movies where traitors with blood on their hands get to make money... DON'T GO! "Get a life"? Just how many teenagers - DRAFTED TEENAGERS - fighting that Government War didn't GET to have a life because of her aid and comfort to an enemy who mercilessly tortured the Americans they didn't kill outright?