It would be hard to resist playing a person you admire but, if as she says, she’s doing it for her sisters, black women and for Nina, then wouldn’t it be best to put yourself aside and consider what that person would’ve wanted? None of us can speak for Nina now but Nina is not without representation in this world. Her family did not approve of Zoe’s casting nor did they approve of the script & they weren’t even consulted! So, then why move forward and disrespect the family of the person you say you’re doing this for and admire? Hollywood won’t change if actors don’t own their powers of influence. Zoe is not to blame for the quality of the film, however, she is to blame for consenting to be in it. Let’s not act like Zoe is a deer in the headlights. She’s known that the family was not involved and she’s known that the script is flawed. To me, it seems she’s favoring the studio and herself more than she the legacy of Nina and that speaks VOLUMES.
— A comment on Shadow & Act’s blog post about Zoe Saldana addressing criticism about her playing Nina Simone.