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“JANE FONDA IN 5 ACTS”

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>>> GIRL NEXT DOOR, SEX ICON,
POLITICAL ACTIVIST, AND ACADEMY
AWARD WITHER JANE FONDA, LIVED A
LIFE MARKED BY TRAGEDY,
CONTROVERSY.
AND SHE'S DONE MOST OF IN THE
PUBLIC EYE.
A NEW HBO DOCUMENTARY.
TAKES AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE
80-YEAR-OLD ACTRESSES FABLED
LIFE.
>> JANE FONDA.
>> ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST
EXCITING NEW STARS.
>> WHEN YOU --
>> THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF MY
LAST ACT.
IN ORDER TO KNOW HOW TO GO
FORWARD, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO
KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN.
>> I WAS HENRY FONDA'S DAUGHTER
WHICH MEANT, WE LOOKED LIKE THE
AMERICAN DREAM.
A LOT OF IT WAS SIMPLY A MESS.
WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE JANE FONDA,
DID YOU DREAM ABOUT BEING AN
ACTRESS?
>> SCREENPLAYS, MOVIES.
I WANTED TO PLEASE DAD.
>> WHO DID YOU WANT TO BE?
>> I NEVER FELT REAL.
I JUST THOUGHT, I HAVE TO FIND
WHO I REALLY AM.
I JUST FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO
BECOME AN ACTIVIST.
I WANTED MY LIFE TO HAVE
MEANING.
>> YOU CAN TAKE YOUR ISSUES
PUBLIC.
>> I'M VERY PROUD OF MOST OF
WHAT I DID, AND VERY SORRY FOR
SOME OF WHAT I DID.
>> SUSAN LACY, MANY OF YOU WILL
ALSO RECOGNIZE AS THE CREATOR
AND FORMER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF
THE GROUNDBREAKING PBS SERIES,
MASTERPIECE.
EXPLAIN THE DIVISION?
>> THIS IS INTERESTING.
THE IDEA OF ACTS WAS EMBEDDED IN
MY MIND BECAUSE IN HER BOOK SHE
SAID I'M WRITING THIS BOOK, I'M
RESEARCHING MY LIFE, I DECIDED
TO FIND OUT WHO MY PARENTS WERE,
WHO THEIR PARENTS WERE, YOU
CAN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHY THEY
WEREN'T ABLE TO GIVE YOU WHAT
YOU NEEDED UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND
WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
AND WHAT ISSUES THEY WERE
DEALINGING WITH.
AND ONE OF THE THINGS SHE SAID
IS THAT I'M DOING THIS, BECAUSE
I NEED TO UNDERSTAND MY FIRST
TWO ACTS IN ORDER TO LIVE MY
THIRD.
THE NOTION OF ACTS WAS KIND OF
IN MY HEAD.
AND THEN WHEN I WAS IN THE EDIT
ROOM AND BEGINNING TO MAKE THIS
FILM, I SAID, YOU KNOW, REALLY
THERE'S FIVE ACTS.
MANY TIMES IN MAKING THE
PORTRAIT, THE THIRD ABILITY IS
OFTEN THE PROBLEM.
THE FIRST TWO ACTS ARE WHERE
MOST OF THE WORK IS DONE.
THE IMPACT IS HAD, THE LEGACY IS
BUILT.
AND THE THIRD ACT IS OFTEN A
LITTLE DISAPPOINTING.
JANE'S FIFTH ACT IS ANYTHING
BUT.
I THOUGHT, THIS IS REALLY A FIVE
ACT STORY WHICH BEGINS WITH HER
FATHER.
AND THEN FOLLOWED BY HER THREE
HUSBANDS.
RO
ROGER BADINE.
TOM HAYDEN, AND HER LAST HUSBAND
WAS TED TURNER.
AND IN EACH OF THESE MOMENTS IN
HER LIFE WHICH ARE REALLY
CHAPTERS.
SHE WILL SAY IT, SHE SPENT HER
WHOLE LIFE HOPING TO GET THE
LOVE OF HER FATHER.
AND WITH EACH HUSBAND IN ORDER
TO BE LOVED.
SHE FELT THAT SHE NEEDED TO BE
WHO THEY WANTED HER TO BE.
AND SHE SAYS EARLIER IN THE
FILM, HER MOTHER WAS SICK A LOT.
IN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS, AS A
CHILD SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY
SHE WASN'T THERE.
BUT SHE KNEW THAT THAT WASN'T
THE WING TEAM.
SHE WANTED TO BE ON THE WING
TEAM AND THE WING TEAM WAS THE
MAN'S TEAM.
AND THAT IS HOW SHE LIVED HER
LIFE, UNTIL SHE WAS 60 SOME
YEARS OLD AND SAID, YOU KNOW, I
THINK IT'S TIME FOR JANE TO COME
OUT.
I THINK IT'S TIME TO HAVE A
FULLY REALIZED JANE.
A WHOLE JANE.
AND SHE LEFT TED --
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT HER MOMENT
IN POLITICS, SHE SAID SHE WAS
VERY PROUD ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS
VERY SORRY ABOUT SOME OF THE
THINGS.
I THINK THOSE OF US OF A CERTAIN
AGE KNOW WHAT SHE WAS SORRY
ABOUT.
THE PICTURE TAKEN IN THE
AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN VIETNAM.
TALK ABOUT WHAT SHE WAS PROUD
OF?
>> JANE WENT TO VIETNAM ON HER
OWN.
SHE WAS INVITED BY THE NORTH
VIETNAMESE, SHE WASN'T THE FIRST
AMERICAN TO GO.
BUT BECAUSE SHE'S A CELEBRITY
AND A WOMAN, AND SHE MADE THE
MISTAKE OF SITTING ON AN
ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN THAT HAS
STAYED WITH HER HER WHOLE LIFE.
SHE WILL GO TO HER GRAVE
REGRETTING THAT.
>> SHE'S APOLOGIZED FOR THAT.
IT'S NOT LIKE SHE WENT -- SHE
WENT BECAUSE SHE WAS A
CELEBRITY, SHE WAS ENCOURAGED TO
BRING ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT
NIXON AND KISSINGER WERE GOING
TO BOMB THE DIKES IN NORTH
VIETNAM.
HAD THEY DONE THAT, THAT WOULD
HAVE -- DURING THE HARVEST
SEASON, IT WOULD HAVE DESTROYED
THE RICE CROPS, POTENTIALLY A
MILLION PEOPLE COULD HAVE
STARVED TO DEATH.
>> AND IT WOULD HAVE FLOODED THE
PLACE.
>> SHE WENT THERE TO EXPOSE THIS
AND FIND OUT WHETHER THEY WERE
BOMBING THE DIKES, WHICH THEY
WERE, BUT BECAUSE SHE WENT
THERE, AND BECAUSE SHE BROUGHT
ATTENTION TO THIS, THEY STOPPED
BOMBING THE DIKES.
SO SHE WENT THERE TO SAVE LIVES.
SHE WENT THERE TO SUPPORT THE
SOLDIERS, SHE WENT THERE TO STOP
THE WAR.
AND I THINK SHE HASN'T BEEN
GIVEN ENOUGH CREDIT FOR WHAT HER
MOVIVES WERE, WHICH WERE
COMPLETELY PURE.
SHE MADE SOME MISTAKES WHILE SHE
WAS THERE, AND SHE READILY
ADMITS THAT.
>> IT IS A WONDERFUL
DOCUMENTARY, AND THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR COMING BACK.
IF ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
>> I LOVED IT.
>> THE HBO DOCUMENTARY PHIL AM,
JANE FONDA, DEBUTS SEPTEMBER
24th ON HBO.


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