‘Lee Daniels’ the Butler’ Clip Features Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan

"The idea that I could play Nancy Reagan was too much to resist."

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

The Weinstein Co. released a clip from the newly christened "Lee Daniels' the Butler" Thursday.

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The clip features a brief interview with actress, fitness instructor and liberal activist Jane Fonda playing– of all people– Nancy Reagan.

"I don't think that whatever differences there might be in our politics really matters," Fonda said. "As an actor I approach her as a human being, and I happen to know she's not unhappy that I'm playing her". 

Regardless what the former First Lady thinks, there has been some conservative backlash against the casting; Facebook groups such as "Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan" have attracted more than 20,000 members. 

Also Read: Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan is Controversial and All Over Twitter

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" will be released Aug. 16.

Watch the video here.


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