First look at Alan Rickman & Jane Fonda as Ronald & Nancy Reagan: OMG.

I don’t even know. Lee Daniels is directing a film called The Butler, a film about a White House butler who served eight presidents. Oprah is in it. Mariah Carey is in it. Jane Fonda is playing *gasp* Nancy Reagan. And yes, Alan Rickman is playing Ronald Reagan. ALAN RICKMAN. Mother of God! I’m also including some photos of Rickman outside of the set. Obviously, he’s wearing a wiglet and all, but I can’t really tell if he’s got prosthetics on his face. When I first glanced through the photos, I really thought I was looking at Ciarán Hinds, one of my favorite character actors.

I’m looking through the cast list of The Butler now… it’s absolutely insane. John Cusack as Richard Nixon? Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy? Robin Williams as Pres. Eisenhower? Liev Schreiber as LBJ? *headdesk*

You know what just occurred to me? Alan Rickman is going to have to do Reagan’s voice. OMG. Now, there was nothing wrong with Reagan’s voice – but I just wonder if Alan Rickman’s doing Reagan’s American accent isn’t going to bring on the apocalypse.

On second glance, Alan Rickman could totally pass for Nixon’s minon, H.R. Haldeman.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and Oprah’s Twitter.

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  1. Happy21 says:


    Funny, I always thought Jane Fonda sort of resembled Nancy Reagan.

  2. BW says:

    Rickman got famous doing an American accent in Die Hard, didn’t he? And Reagan’s voice is pretty easy to imitate.

    • Bodhi says:

      Hans Gruber was a German terrorist, not an American

      • HistoryGirl says:


        Yes, Hans was a German terrorist. However, he is spotted by Bruce Willis in a scene and pretends to be an American employee of the company and begs Willis not to kill him. For a little while there, Rickman hangs on to that American accent.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Alan is such a great actor, I am really interested to see how this turns out.

  4. Garnish Utley says:

    What a slap in the face for Nancy Reagan to have this commie bitch portray her.

    • bluhare says:

      You’ve got to be kidding me. It was 50 years ago.

      • gee says:

        Tell that to the families of the POWs.

      • RobN says:

        Actually it was 40 years and there’s an entire generation that lived through it and remember it very well. She actively supported the enemy; lots of people don’t let that go. It’s one of the decisions you make in life that follows you the rest of your days. When Fonda dies, it’ll be in the first paragraph of her obituary.

      • Gayle says:

        Don’t all Americans agree Vietnam was a big mistake? Wasn’t Mohammed Ali retrospectively praised for saying he had ‘nothing against the yellow man?’ How was Jane Fonda’s position that different? It wasn’t only Americans who suffered in that pointless conflict. There were over a million casualties on the other side.

      • Janet says:

        @gayle: Not all Americans believe Vietnam was a big mistake but a sizeable percentage do. Muhammad Ali was excoriated as a draft dodger but Fonda was vilified as a traitor. A lot of servicemen thought she actually gave aid and comfort to the enemy during wartime. I have a friend who was a Marine officer in Nam and is politically very liberal, but if you mention Fonda’s name in front of him he goes ballistic. I have nothing against her other than that she made some dumbass comments during the war, and whatever her politics are, she’s an excellent actor.

      • jen says:

        Once a commie pig, always a commie pig.

    • spinner says:

      @ Garnish…I agree. It doesn’t matter how long ago it happened. Fonda should be drug off this set & dumped. Oh…& I love Alan Rickman.

    • Duckie says:

      You do know that Vietnam was a colossal mistake for America and they went into Vietnam because they felt it was a quick war to win, right?

  5. QQ says:

    WOW WOW WOW Awesome

  6. Scorellini says:

    This may become Alan’s first oscar nomination!! 😀

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    What??!’. Can’t wait. Love Alan Rickman!!!

  8. paranormalgirl says:

    Alan Rickman can do a pretty good American accent. He’s done a number of them throughout the years.

  9. Rachel says:

    Kaiser, I’m a firm believer that Alan Rickman can do no wrong. He is amazing. Period.

    I am, however, very concerned about Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, as Jane Fonda has a perpetual haughty sneer.

  10. Birdie says:

    Minka Kelly as Jackie-O?? Wasn’t an actress with actual talent available? I love Alan Rickman, Snape forever.

    • Just Lucy, for now says:

      I know! WTF? How on earth is that going to play out. All the make-up and wigs in the world couldnt transform her into Jackie O.

  11. KV says:

    OMG- I loooooove Alan Rickman!! I’m so excited to see him in a post. He looks good (even as Reagan). I just want to eat this man up– he is my number one celebrity crush. 🙂

    • Bengalcat2000 says:

      ITA! I’ve had a crush on him since Die Hard. My friends think it’s funny, but I’d take him over Brad Pitt or any other “hot actors”. And that voice! God he’s so yummy!

      • KV says:

        Too funny! There’s only one other actor I lust after- Alexander Skarsgaard. Alan is tops and would be my first choice- his voice should be illegal!!

  12. RobN says:

    Gotta think this is going to be awful. It’s essentially an entire movie of cameo appearances where every new set of first families will be a distraction while the viewer tries to decide how good the imitation is.

  13. Lindy says:

    I cannot even look at these pics. I cannot stand to see my beloved and brilliant Alan Rickman as the slimy dumb as dirt Reagan. Irrational, I know. It’s acting, I know. Still can’t look.

    • HappyPossum says:

      Ronald Reagan was neither slimy nor dumb.

      • Marta says:

        He was the smartest one because he choose the clever ones to work with. It is with his help comunism start to fall in Europe like Poland, East Germany and more.

  14. Reece says:

    Wow! Alan Wow!

    Jane Fonda still looks like Jane Fonda.

  15. Onyx XV says:

    Holy sh*t, Lee Daniels has gained a lot of weight! Wonder what’s up with him? If he gains any more, they’ll start calling him “Precious”! (Just kidding, I really dig him, but seriously, wonder what’s going on.) I saw him a few years ago at a screening (of “Precious,” actually) and he was pretty hot. If he wasn’t gay, I would’ve went backstage after and totally tried to hit on him, LOL.