1977: Vets reflect on ‘Coming Home’

From the Army Archerd Archive

From the Army Archerd Archive

Jan. 28, 1977

GOOD MORNING: How do the paraplegic vets feel working in “Coming Home” with costar Jane Fonda, one of the original outspoken opponents of our Vietnam involvement? And how did they react to the presidential pardon of draft evaders? Fonda, playing a Marine officer’s wife (Bruce Dern’s) in love with a permanently wheelchaired vet played by Jon Voight, answers: “They’re happy that a film like this is being made. It’s important to get the proper treatment for these men and we hope this film will do it. They’re glad we’re doing it.” As for feelings on the presidential pardon, she claims some vets working in the film with her at Rancho Los Amigos “thought he (Carter) didn’t go far enough.” (2007 Update: Jane Fonda has been long silent on political issues, having admitted to me two years ago, “I carry a lot of baggage.” But she has now expressed her feelings on Iraq. Saturday, she joined the 100,000 war protestors in Washington, D.C. She explained her return to the fray with, “Silence is no longer an option.” She has also returned to the film world following up “Monsters-In-Law” with the soon-to-be released “Georgia Rule.” She plays “Georgia,” the grandmother of Lindsay Lohan and mother of Felicity Huffman. Director Garry Marshall tells me “She was on the set on time, ready to go every day” An interesting addition for Fonda on the set: She was visited by Ted Turner whom she classified as, “my favorite ex-husband.” )

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