Local/Regional News
7:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Theater Owner Won't Book 'Butler' Film Because Of Jane Fonda

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- A central Kentucky theater owner who trained pilots during the Vietnam War is refusing to show the nation's top movie, "The Butler" because one of the stars is Jane Fonda, who was an outspoken opponent of the conflict.

L to R...Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman
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Ike Boutwell, who owns MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, told The News-Enterprise that people who want to see "The Butler" will have to go elsewhere.

Boutwell says he won't show the popular flick about a butler who served eight U.S. presidents because it has actress Jane Fonda in it. Fonda portrays former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Boutwell said Fonda's statements and demonstrations against the Vietnam War caused him to view her as a traitor, and he won't show any movie involving her in his theaters.

The Korean War veteran said, "I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down."

The movie debuted last weekend in the top spot, bringing in an estimated $25 million.

Boutwell said the prospect of losing money won't change his mind on the matter.

"In life, you've got to stand for something, and that's where I stand," he said. "It makes me feel that I'm honoring those who died for this country."