Hollywood just doesn't miss a chance to salute Republican icons with their middle fingers. Variety Magazine reports that a new Lee Daniels movie has cast liberal succubus Jane Fonda as conservative paragon Nancy Reagan…
Based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood, pic follows Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.
Forest Whitaker is closing a deal to play Allen, while Oprah Winfrey remains in talks to play his wife. David Oyelowo is in negotiations to play Allen's son, while Liam Neeson and John Cusack are circling presidential supporting roles as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, respectively. Fonda will appear in a handful of scenes as the first lady of the United States.
If you think about it on the surface, it's perfect casting. Both women come from acting families, married powerful men after gaining their own success, are politically active, and have two eyes and legs. Beyond that, they are as different as North and South Vietnam.
For instance, while Nancy Reagan was being called "snobby" for moving her family out of California's Governor's Mansion and into a wealthy Sacramento neighborhood, Jane Fonda was being called other things for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun.
Another example is that Mrs. Reagan was accused of being insensitive to the U.S. economic depression by purchasing new china for the White House. By contrast, Jane Fonda was accused of being a communist spy. But hold on a second! Mrs. Reagan was also once accused of being a communist.
Jane Fonda and Nancy Reagan: Maybe they're not so different after all! Hey Hollywood, If you really want to piss off the Right, use that for the movie's tagline.
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