Jill Scott recently chimed in her support for Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone in a biopic about the iconic artist… but there’s a catch. She feels Zoe should wear a fake nose to play the part!
In an interview with HelloBeautiful Scott tackled that topic, along with questions about her weight, natural hair and the challenges of Hollywood. Check out the excerpts below:
HelloBeautiful: How do you feel about the controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana being casted in the Nina Simone biopic?
Jill Scott: Well 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” than 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.
Okay we could see her playing the part with some serious makeup and a wig, but what adjustments would be made for Nina’s curvier frame? Would Zoe have to wear padding? Do you think Jill makes a strong enough argument here?
She also makes a case in the interview for a Phyllis Hyman biopic– which is something we’d love to see.
HelloBeautiful: If you had a chance to play an iconic figure, who would you play?
Jill Scott: I would play Phyllis Hyman. 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 to be really interesting.
What y’all know about Phyllis Hyman? Do you think Jill Scott would do a good job playing her???
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