Saldaña, who was criticised for darkening her skin to play the late soul icon, expresses her regrets in emotional Instagram chat with "Pose" creator Steven Canals.
Zoe Saldana being cast as the soul legend Nina Simone for the biopic ‘Nina’ caused some not inconsiderable controversy after its trailer emerged earlier this year. Appearing to have been made darker with make-up and wearing a prosthetic nose, the US-born actress, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent took a heft amount of flack, notably from the estate of the singer itself. After posting a quote from Simone, they tweeted back: “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth.
‘Nina’, the new biopic about Nina Simone starring Zoe Saldana, was getting slated even before critics had seen it. Many, including the estate of Nina Simone, reacted badly to the casting of 'Avatar’ and 'Star Trek’ actress Saldana, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican origin, in the lead role, accusing the filmmakers of putting their star in 'blackface’ to play the legendary singer. When Saldana defended herself with a direct quote from Simone - 'I’ll tell you what freedom is to me - No Fear… I mean really, no fear’ – custodians of her estate, NinaSimoneMusic spat back on Twitter: “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth.
The first poster for ‘Nina’, the long-awaited Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana in the title role, has been revealed by Entertainment Weekly and it’s stirred up the controversy surrounding the film once again.