India.Arie Speaks Out Against Nina Simone Biopic CastingNovember 15th, 2012
The Biopic on jazz singer Nina Simone has hit a sour note for India.Arie. The R&B singer recently came out against the film’s producers for casting Zoe Saldana to play the role of Simone, whose dark skin and wide nose stands in sharp contrast to Saldana’s features.
India.Arie posted her thoughts to Ninasimone.com after seeing a picture of Saldana in costume for her role in the film Nina.
Here’s what India.Arie had to say about the situation:
“So today I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone..
AND I THINK THEY ARE RIDICULOUS! Yes there should be a movie made, and YES they should have chosen someone who LOOKS like Nina Simone, ESPECIALLY since her RACE played such a PIVOTAL role in WHO, WHAT and WHY, she was.
THAT ASIDE for a second, this just looks WEIRD, it looks like a person in Blacker face with a fake nose … REALLY?!!!! DOES NOT THE ONE NINA SIMONE’S LEGACY DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS?”
If I ever FELT I was truly CALLED to play her, I would. And maybe Zoe Saldana REALLY is BEING CALLED SPIRITUALLY TO PLAY THIS ROLE … But I DO NOT LIKE these PICTURES. AT ALL.”
If I’m not mistaken, I do believe I read India Arie saying she would take the role to play Nina Simone if asked — and I think India Arie would play a perfect Nina Simone, but I’m not always right. So I’d like to know your thoughts…