Actress Zoe Saldana has apologized for playing Nina Simone in a heavily criticized biopic in 201
The Marvel star, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, wore a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening makeup for the role.
Simone’s estate refused to approve the film, and the late singer’s daughter questioned the casting decision.
In a new interview, which was originally broadcast live on Instagram, Saldana said: “I should never have played Nina.
“I should have done everything in my power with the leverage I had ten years ago, which was a different leverage effect, but it was still the leverage effect.
“I should have done everything in my power to throw a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman.”
The singer’s daughter, Simone Kelly, wrote on the official Nina Simone Facebook page in 2012 and wrote: “I love Zoe Saldana, we all love Zoe … From Avatar to Colombiana I have seen the movies a few times.
“But not every project is for everyone. And I know what my mother would think. I just do not get it.”
The film, called Nina, was ridiculed by critics and has a 2% rating on the review’s overall website Rotten Tomatoes.
Saldana, who has also starred in Guardians of the Galaxy and two of Marvel’s Avengers movies, said Simone “deserved better”.
“I thought then that I had a permit [to play her] because I was a black woman, Saldana said.
“And it’s me. But it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and she had a journey that should have been – and should – be honored to the most specific detail because she was a specifically detailed person.”
Saldana became emotional: “With that said: I’m sorry. I’m so sad. I know better today and I will never do it again.
“She’s one of our giants and someone else should get up. Someone else should tell her story.”
Saldana’s remorse over the role marks a departure from her previous comments that defend her part in the film.
In 2013, she told Latina magazine: “Let me tell you, if Elizabeth Taylor can be Cleopatra, I can be Nina – I’m sorry. It does not matter how much setback I get for it. I will honor and respect my black community because that’s who I am. “
In another interview with Allure 2016, she said: “There is no way to be black. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I address black men. Do you never think you can look at me and address me? with such contempt. “
But at the time of the film’s release, Nina Simone’s estate tweeted: “Please take Nina’s name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life. Hopefully, people will begin to understand that it’s painful. Intestinal, heartbreaking, nauseous, soul-crushing.”
Nina Simone was a revered singer and civic activist, known for performing songs such as Feelin ‘Good, I put A Spell On You and I Loves You, Porgy.
She died in 2003 at the age of 70.
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