WHAT I FEEL ABOUT THE NINA SIMONE MOVIE:
people have been asking me for weeks, months years about a Nina Simone Movie, when i heard about Zoe Saldana being cast i reserved judgement, you NEVER know what People are MEANT to do.
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 look WEIRD, it looks like a person in Black(er) face with a fake nose .. REALLY?!!!!
DOES NOT THE ONE NINA SIMONE'S LEGACY DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS?
If they were going to pick a person who looks NOTHING like Nina Simone ... why not her Daughter Simone *shrug* just saying ..
As hard as Nina had to fight for what she wanted BECAUSE she was black and looked the way she did … THIS looks like a parody. if it has to be FORCED this hard somethings not right!
I am VERY opinionated about Music, i can dissect VOCALS, ALL DAY, I don't KNOW ACTING LIKE THAT! but I trust that through her obvious admiration of Nina, that Zoe Saldana can pull off the portrayal ENERGETICALLY …
but these Images … just make me feel … Sad. Not because I want to play Nina Simone but because IT FEELS OUT OF PLACE WITH WHAT NINA SIMONE MEANS IN AN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORICAL CONTEXT!!!! ( yes I yelled just now - I am emotional about OTHER things today,and i'm riding the wave of that, but this IS WHAT I FEEL..)
I have always been OPEN to playing Nina, but i never saw its as my RIGHT!
I am clearly Nina Simone's Physical Heir Apparent, THAT doesn't mean i SHOULD play her, its been tossed around ALOT, for a LONG TIME. I back down because I feel her legacy deserves better than a FIRST TIME MOVIE ACTRESS, I'm like that about my Hero's. If i ever FELT i was truly CALLED to play her, i would. And Maybe Zoe Saldana REALLY is BEIGN CALLED SPIRITUALLY TO PLAY THIS ROLE ...
but i DO NOT LIKE this PICTURES. AT ALL
SEEING Nina Simone changed my life, when i was 17 My cousin and I tried to call her Whole NOTHER story ….
I will END this by saying, think VIOLA DAVIS should be playing Nina Simone.