”FORGIVE me!” That’s the plea onetime radical Jane Fonda made to frail Nancy Reagan after portraying the beloved former first lady in “The Butler.”
But sources say that, while 92-year-old Nancy approved of Jane’s acting job in the critically acclaimed movie, she will NEVER forgive Fonda for her real-life role as “Hanoi Jane.”
A fierce opponent of the Vietnam War, the actress traveled to North Vietnam and was photographed sitting on an enemy anti-aircraft gun, seeming to support the communists.
“Nancy will never forgive or forget what Fonda did because she knows that President Reagan would never forgive her,” revealed a source close to the family.
“So many U.S. servicemen died for our country in the war, and Jane is still viewed as a traitor by many vets.”
MEANWHILE, critics have raved about “The Butler,” the fictionalized story of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight presidents.
But Fonda, 75, seemed to be back to her old ways when she did a promotional interview for the film and wore a “Hanoi Jane” T-shirt – showing her back in the day with a clenched, raised fist.
“If Nancy had any lingering thoughts about forgiving Jane, those were erased by her wearing that shirt,” said the source.
“It was a slap in the face to Nancy – and to Ronnie!”