Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone
Few biopics have garnered quite as much casting controversy as Nina did for going with Zoe Saldana — especially when these photos of Saldana in what looks like blackface hit the web.
But director Cynthia Mort said she’s not bothered by the criticism:
“People don’t like anything. If Jesus Christ walked in here right now, they’d say, ‘Great carpenter, but terrible guy.’ They’ll find something about everything. There’s nothing positive until they see it.
Diana Ross was as close to Billie Holiday as you can get, but when [Lady Sings the Blues] came out, they were worried about that[.]The picture is eventually going to have to make its own track no matter what. But I think every knock is a boost, as long as they’re talking about it.”
The film has yet to see the light of day.