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Jane Fonda relives her protest days on the set of her new film

Jane Fonda is reliving her youthful days as a peace protester in her role as a hippie granny in her latest film.

Peace, Love, Misunderstanding” features the Oscar-winning actress as an aging hippie who meets her grandchildren for the first time when their mother, a neurotic New York City lawyer, brings them to Woodstock to meet her.

Fleeing a looming divorce, the daughter is plunged into her mother’s motley crew of free thinkers.

The role should come naturally to Fonda, a veteran anti-war activist who flew to Vietnam to speak out against American involvement in the seventies.

Dubbed “Hanoi Jane” she visited the Truong Dinh residential centre in the Nai Ba Trung District in Hanoi in North Vietnam in 1972.

The same year, she spoke out against the Vietnam War and President Nixon at a rally near the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida. More recently Fonda, 72, has also criticised the Iraq War.

In 1988, Fonda apologised during an interview for a picture that was taken of her surrounded by Vietnamese soldiers while sitting on an anti-aircraft gun during her Hanoi visit.

She said: “I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I’m very sorry that I hurt them.

“And I want to apologise to them and their families.”

She added: “I will go to my grave regretting the photograph of me in an anti-aircraft gun, which looks like I was trying to shoot at American planes. It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanized such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless.”

© Telegraph.co.uk