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.
It looks like the anger over Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone in a new biopic has gone all the way to the top. Widespread uproar began earlier this week, after the poster and trailer for ‘Nina’ was released. The production was quickly accused of using 'blackface’, with Saldana made up to look significantly darker of skin – she’s of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, not African – and with what appeared to be a prosthetic nose and an afro-style wig. - Nina posters stir up ‘blackface’ controversy - Sony denies request to remove Trump HIV gag from Grimsby - Controversial Casting Choices Now the estate of Nina Simone has weighed in with a withering criticism, aimed directly at Saldana after she tweeted defiantly following the controversy. “'I’ll tell you what freedom is to me- No Fear… I mean really, no fear.’
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.