In 2016, a biopic was released on Nina Simone starring Zoe Saldana. Filmed in 2010, the movie was slammed by critics and social media, especially Saldana’s darkened skin and prosthetic nose.
In a 2017 interview with BET.com, Saldana apologized for the film and she is now speaking out again.
During a recent live stream, Saldana was asked about how she feels about the biopic today. “I should have never played Nina… I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had ten years ago, which was a different leverage but it was leverage nonetheless — I should have tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”
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She continued, “It’s growing. It’s painful. I thought back then that I had the permission because I was a Black woman and I am — but it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life, she had a journey that should be honored to the most specific detail because she was a specifically detailed individual.”Saldana also said through tears, “She deserved better. With that said, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry… because I loved her music.” Watch below:
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