Zoe Saldana is apologizing for portraying singer and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. Saldana got emotional about playing Nina during an Instagram Live video. “I should have never played Nina. I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10 years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman,” said Zoe.
“I thought back then that I had the permission [to play her] because I was a black woman, and I am. But it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and she had a journey that should have been – and should be – honored to the most specific detail because she was a specifically detailed individual with that said: I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I know better today and I’m never going to do that again,” Zoe said as she fought back tears, “She’s one of our giants and someone else should step up. Somebody else should tell her story.”
Zoe darkened her skin and wore a prosthetic nose for her role as Nina, the movie failed and only received a 2 percent on movie rating site, Rotten Tomatoes. The actress faced harsh criticism from fans and Nina’s daughter also condemned the casting.
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