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Jane Fonda fires off about Nancy Reagan casting criticism

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Apr 10, 2013 | 5:02pm EDT

Jane Fonda has poked fun at critics of her role as former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan in new movie The Butler by declaring their opposition and comments merely help to promote the Lee Daniels film. The peace-loving movie icon wasn't a popular choice to play former president Ronald Reagan's wife in the star-studded film when she was cast last year (12), but she insists that conservatives who are seeking to discredit and boycott director Daniels' movie are simply driving more people to the cinema. She says, "It will cause more people to see the movie." One Facebook.com page, titled Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan, is urging Republicans and fans of the Reagans not to see the film when it is released in October (13). Targeting Navy veteran Larry Reyes, who launched the site, Fonda says, "Get a life... 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. I tried to be who she was: a forceful, loyal, powerful first lady." The film, about Eugene Allen - the butler to eight U.S. leaders and their families, also features John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman as Reagan. Oprah Winfrey appears as Allen's wife.

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