“You have to try to understand where people are coming from. This has always been an issue in our society. A white person can play Cleopatra, even though Cleopatra was a North African woman, who in reality had coffee skin. But that’s not sellable in Hollywood. So you get Elizabeth Taylor with purple eyes. There’s always been a lot of tension in the African-American community about Hollywood being a whitewashing machine.” Zoe Saldana is trying to understand why her casting as jazz great Nina Simone has been met with so much opposition because she’s not black enough.