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    Wed, 22 May 2013 16:15:20

    Zoe Saldana Asks Nina Simone Fans to Give Her a Chance - She will play the jazz singer in a biopic

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    Zoe Saldana wants Nina Simone fans to give her a chance. The actress will play the jazz legend in a new biopic and fans were up in arms since Saldana isn't a singer. Some fans felt she is not black enough, either.

    She says that the criticism "did hurt a little, but at the end of the day, I wanted her story to be told...If Elizabeth Taylor could play Cleopatra, if Diana Ross can play Billie Holiday, if Denzel Washington can play Malcolm and Meryl Streep can play the Iron Lady… the only thing I ask is to be given a chance to play Nina Simone. If at the end, you watch the movie and don't like it, then OK, but at least you saw it."

    So basically, hold off on the bitching until you see the movie and see her performance. That's a fair enough request.

    What's your opine on Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone?

    —Marlowe Mancini
    05.22.13



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