During a recent interview with the Associated Press, Latifah stated,
I think Zoe Saldana is a great actress, so I am looking forward to it. She is of African descent — I don’t see why she shouldn’t play the role. I just want to see it. Get rid of the hype and let’s go watch a movie.
Patton shared similar views, stating.
Imagine being in her shoes and enduring that. It’s not cool, and it’s not right. Clearly, someone thought she was perfect for it — she’s an amazing actress, she’s beautiful — and you haven’t even given her a chance and you haven’t seen it yet. I think we have to be in a place where we celebrate each other and are kind to one another, and say, ‘There’s alternate versions of a story’. Give her a shot, try to enjoy it and stop judging.
As you know, the biopic has been slammed by some for selecting a woman of Hispanic/Latina descent, who needs to wear what some call ‘black face’ for the role.
[Variety Latino, The Associated Press]