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Jane Fonda may be a liberal activist, but her politics didn't figure into her decision to take on the role of Nancy Reagan in "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
A new clip from the movie shows Fonda's First Lady talking to White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker). Reagan invites him to a state dinner, but "not as a butler, Cecil -- as a guest."
In a sound bite following the clip, Fonda addresses her controversial casting. "The idea that I could play Nancy Reagan was just too much to resist," she says.
"I don't think that whatever differences there might be in our politics really matters."
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" features an all-star cast including Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Melissa Leo, Minka Kelly, John Cusack, James Marsden, and Mariah Carey. It opens August 16.