First Look: Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 'The Butler'

First Look: Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 'The Butler'

Sep 12, 2012


Lee Daniel's The Butler — about a White House attendant played by Forest Whitaker who serves eight American presidents over three decades — is in full swing. Oprah Winfrey hasn't appeared in a film since 1998's Beloved, but she'll be playing Whitaker's wife in the drama. It's a star-studded ensemble cast, which Winfrey gave us a peek of in a photo she recently tweeted. We get to see Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan (with a few face-lifts under her belt) and Alan Rickman as her husband, the actor turned president.

He looks awesome! It's a full-on transformation, and the resemblance is uncanny. Dyed, neatly combed hair? Check. Squinty stare? Check. Cockeyed grin? Check. So far, we think the 40th president of the United States would be proud. We can't wait to hear the English actor do his best Gipper impersonation. All we want to know is, can he do a better job than SNL's Phil Hartman? Hopefully we'll get to see more photos soon, including: John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy and Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy. Check out a list of other actors who have played Reagan, below. Most of the films and shows are hardly on par with The Butler, but let us know if you have any favorites amongst the film and TV stars. [Spotted via Film School Rejects]


Rip Torn in Airplane II: The Sequel (deleted scene) 1982

Jay Koch in Back to the Future Part II 1989

Bryan Clark in Pizza Man 1991

Jay Koch in Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993
Jay Koch in Panther 1995
Richard Crenna in The Day Reagan Was Shot 2001
Fred Ward in L'affaire Farewell 2009
Joe Piscopo on Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1980-1984
Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show (NBC) 1981-1989
Phil Hartman on Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1985-1986
Randy Quaid on Saturday Night Live (NBC) 1985-1986
Robert Beatty in Breakthrough at Reykjavik (Granada Television U.K.) 1987
Bryan Clark in Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (TV movie - CBS) 1989
Bryan Clark in Without Warning - The James Brady Story (TV movie - HBO) 1991
Bryan Clark on Dark Skies, Season One, "Bloodlines" 1997
James Brolin in The Reagans

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