Of course I'm talking about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in the bio-pic about her life - a casting choice that NO ONE is happy about.
Now singer/actress Jill Scott has weighed in on the controversy, in a recent interview with Hello Beautiful; and according to Scott, she has no problem with Saldana in the role; Well that is if... well you can read what she said for yourself...:
"Zoe is an incredible actress–I think that she’s a fine actress. 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” then I believe Nina should be treated with that respect. She was very adamant about her color about her nose about her shape and her self and there needs to be some homage paid to that."
Now you can say that she was being careful in her answer, and not wanting to upset the powers that be. She might even have been thinking: "Hey, one day I might wind up on a project with Saldana and I want her to get along with me".
But folks, do you agree with her? Do you think that's all it takes? A really good makeup job? Personally, I think it's going to take A LOT more than that, but perhaps you feel differently. Let's hear what you say.
And in the same interview, when asked what famous person she would love to play in a film, she said singer Phyllis Hyman because...
"... there's a lot of depth there. Phyllis was tormented and beautiful and violent at times. She was fighting her way through the industry and it wasn't necessarily working out. You have this character who loves something so tremendously, but hates it at the same time. I find her really interesting."