Having reached her mid-seventies, Oscar-winner Jane Fonda is now in that phase of her career where she’s celebrated with all kinds of “achievement awards.” Last night at the L.A. Press Club gala honoring her, Fonda revealed that her biggest regret in life is no longer not “f***ing” mass-murderer Che Guevera, but that moment that defined her even more than her film career: when she was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun meant to shoot down American pilots during the Vietnam War.
In a short speech, Fonda called out her friends in the audience — Daniels, Sam Waterston, Melanie Griffith and Lily Tomlin — and said, “I can’t tell you how moved I am for this award.”
Then, in a “lightning round” Q&A with NBC 4 anchor Robert Kovacik, Fonda touched on a variety of topics: …
— On her greatest regret in life: “Sitting on that gun in North Vietnam. I’ll go to my grave with that one.”
Well, give the actress credit. This is a step up from what we learned in Patricia Bosworth’s Biography, “Jane Fonda,” where the star reportedly said: “My biggest regret is I never got to f*** Che Guevara.”
Personally, I don’t think Fonda regrets sitting on that anti-aircraft gun. I think she regrets being caught sitting on that anti-aircraft gun. Nothing in Fonda’s statements or subsequent actions has ever shown me that she understands just how evil that act was.