10 Reasons Why Zoë Saldana Should Play Nina Simone
Zoë Saldana (“Star Trek,” “Guess Who”) has been cast as the late Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. Sadly, the Afro-Latina actress has received backlash for not being “dark enough” to play the legendary singer. Despite Saldana’s prominent African facial features, some angry “fans” have started a petition to get the actress booted from the project. Blackactors.net editors are now forced to address the faux controversy due to recent developments and prolonged “outrage.” We could list several reasons why Saldana should play Simone, but we rather give you a lesson in casting instead:
Anglea Bassett was cast to play one of the biggest Civil Rights icons in American history. Despite looking absolutely nothing like her, Bassett smashed the role and earned an Emmy nomination. There was no outrage.
Jeffrey Wright played blues legend Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records and nobody even blinked an eye. In fact, Wright has even played Latino characters and has not once been boycotted or petitioned. Mmmmhmmm.
Green eyed Terrence Howard captivated viewers as Nelson Mandela in the new ‘Winnie’ trailer.
Denzel Washington is several shades darker than the iconic Civil Rights leader Malcolm X, but that never mattered to anybody. The Spike Lee joint is arguably the highlight of his career. No backlash ensued.
When we posted the news of Wood Harris joining Lifetime’s Betty and Coretta, the reaction was 100% positive. There was no disappointment expressed in the comments section over differences in skin color.
The very dark and afrocentric Don Cheadle played original shock jock Peetey Greene in ‘Talk To Me.’ Their differences in skin colore didn’t matter at all. Cheadle really brought it in this flick! Easily one of the best black films of all-time.
#10 Because a black woman should be able to play another black woman if given the opportunity.