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Zoe Saldana darkened with makeup to play Nina Simone

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  1. sidney

    sidney Well-Known Member

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    Wanted to hear thoughts on this? Everyone... Whachathink?

    Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone Darkens Controversy

    The first photo of actress Zoe Saldana as the celebrated jazz and soul singer Nina Simone has been leaked on the Internet, answering some questions and raising others.

    From the image of Saldana, 34, wearing an Afro wig and what appears to be a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening makeup, it's apparent that the film's director, Cynthia Mort, is aiming for Saldana to look as much as possible like Simone.

    Since the casting of the petite actress, born of a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, questions have been raised about how Saldana could be transformed into the curvy, dark-skinned Simone. But creating the look was only one part of the controversy that has arisen, particularly in the black blogosphere, about Saldana's casting. Everyone from singer-actress Jill Scott, who some suggested could play Simone, to her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has chimed in.

    Reps for Saldana and Mort did not respond to ABCNews.com's request for comment.

    Kelly, an actress and singer, told The New York Times last month, "My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark."

    "Appearance-wise, this is not the best choice," she added, referring to the casting of Saldana.

    Scott was more supportive.

    "Zoe is an incredible actress. I think that she's a fine actress," she told website Hello Beautiful.

    "I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpful and definitely some darker makeup. If Forest Whittaker can become darker in 'The Last King of Scotland,' than I believe Nina should be treated with that respect. She was very adamant about her color, about her nose, about her shape and herself, and there needs to be some homage paid to that."

    Criticism of the casting for the unauthorized film is directed less at Saldana than at a Hollywood that has historically cast light-skinned black actresses in leading roles. Simone not only celebrated her Afrocentric features, but she wrote songs about race and racism and was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

    Blogger Tiffany Jones, who created the blog Coffee Rhetoric, called it a "frustrating system of white-washing" in an August blog titled "(Mis) Casting Call: the Erasure of Nina Simone's Image."

    Read full story: Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone Darkens Controversy - ABC News


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  2. samira

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    I have mixed feelings about this topic. I mean, if they can transform Zoe to look like Simmone and she can pull it through, why not. I do not know why we make a big deal about this all the time.
     
  3. Field Marshal

    Field Marshal ABSOLUTE SUPREME RULER

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    I feel the same way too.
     
  4. kaymax

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    I think the point here is that there are great actresses, arguably better than Ms. Saldana, that can play this role. Biggest part of a character is believability, come on, Zoe is the best they could've done for this role? Gimme a break. Viola Davis would've been fierce, Angela B., I'm even thinking that girl that played kimberly reese on a different world, but Zaldana, no.

    I think the gripe is Why a 'mixed' actress with very european looks should play a part of a very AFRICAN looking woman? regardless where her birth parents are from, Ms. Simone looks very ethnic, hence, an 'ethnic' looking actress should portray her.
     
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    I totally agree.
     
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    kolinzo Oodua4life

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    I for one would like to see Zoe in action, but anybody that plays the role has to do a good job and I believe Zoe will do a good job. I feel nothing about it.
     
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    i can see them going this far to make zoe look like nina simone IF zoe was this incredible box office success but she isn't so i don't know why they couldn't get an actress who fits the part physically as well as can act her behind off. i would have loved to see a no-name actress with great presence and acting chop do the role or a named actress with skills that doesn't need to have this ugly wigs and prosthetics.

    ADEPERO ODUYE could have killed this role, not only as an actress but she is closer to what nine was physically THAN zoe. They could surround her with big name actors to ensure the audience would come. Hell, I would even take Anika Noni Rose who can act AND sing.

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    Its all about the box office, first and above all. And they have convinced themselves that a black person does not have the clout to drag people there. Also remember these kind of movie will be for a much older American audience. They voted Romney. Read whatever you like to that.
     
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    Gbam!! I for one would love to see Zoe in action.
     
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    While I see and agree with what you're saying, I don't think that the Romney type audience is who will come out and see this movie. The person who will come out to see a movie about Nina Simone is the person that went to see 'the help'.
     
  11. sidney

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    I used to be on the other side of the fence on this issue. I remember being a little peeved no Nigerians were playing major roles in the cast of the Broadway show Fela, until I saw it. And it was brilliant, Nigerians in the cast or not! I loved it!

    Here, Zoe is simply marvelous and will no doubt do an amazing job. Now do I wish a darker skinned actress got the job? A little. there are so few good roles for dark skinned women in Hollywood, that it would have been nice to see one get a shot. Especially in this instance where the look is important enough to take the time to transform Zoe... As BB said, they definitely could have found an actress, like Adepero, who would have done the role justice...

    But all the other points made are valid. If it looks believable, or will bring people to the box office then who cares.... I know... But.... Well... I'm just saying.....
     
  12. Village-Boi

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    Also consider that most of the films we see never have the 1st choice actor (of course some do). Who knows? They could have tried other people first. I'm just thankful OJ never got to play the part of the Terminator.
     
  13. Kala Lou

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    All na business..they 'll use whoever they think gives them a better chance of selling to the public. In the upcoming Lone ranger movie, they have Johnny Depp playing the role of Tonto(not Dikeh) and I don't believe he's Native American.
     
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    Exactly... filmmaking na business not charity!
     
  15. tunmi

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    But this is just...
     
  16. BabyP

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    At first i was mad like was it that hard to find a black actress that could totally pull it off? then i thought its Hollywood n its all about getting paid. Oh well, to each their own!
     
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