Jane Fonda's Message to Conservatives Angry She'll Play Nancy Reagan: 'Get a Life'

The woman unceremoniously dubbed Hanoi Jane for her exploits during the Vietnam War isn't in an apologetic mood regarding her latest movie role.

The avowed liberal, who outraged many by visiting the Viet Cong, posing with soldiers and denouning the U.S. on their country's radio broadcasts, has apologized several times for those posed snapshots. What Fonda won't do is extend an olive branch to conservatives for being upset with her playing Nancy Reagan in the upcoming film The Butler.

Far from it.

Here's her message to Larry Reyes, a Navy veteran and founder of the "Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan" page and, ostensibly, any conservative bitter about the casting choice.

Get a life," she tells THR. "If he creates hoopla, it will cause more people to see the movie.

Spoken like a true capitalist.

Fonda contends she actually softened the film's portrayal of Nancy Reagan, although audiences will see for themselves when the film hits theaters in October.

Fonda was aware of potential pushback and had a portion of the script changed because it made Nancy look too mean. "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," says Fonda. "I tried to be who she was: a forceful, loyal, powerful first lady.


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