Saturday, May 21, 2022

‘Black and Blue’ Naomie Harris Talks Stunts, Southern Hospitality & Police Relations (EUR Exclusive/WATCH)

*Academy Award nominee Naomie Harris stars as a rookie cop balancing the line between community and the blue shield in the Sony Screen Gems action thriller BLACK AND BLUE.

Alicia West is an army veteran who returns to her childhood home of New Orleans as a rookie police officer, who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam by corrupt undercover cops. She teams up with the one person from her community that is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage.

The cast also includes Mike Colter (Luke Cage,) Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier,) and Nafessa Williams (CW’s Black Lightening)

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EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe sat down with Harris, Colter, Grillo and Williams to discuss their roles in the film, southern hospitality in New Orleans and what Harris learned about American police relations.

Harris got her first experience of southern culture while filming in New Orleans. The actress is from London and her only experiences in America took place in either New York or Los Angeles.

As for those stunts you see her pulling off. When she initially was offered the role, she was told she wouldn’t have to do any of the stunts. That was a relief for Harris as she was recovering from an injury received working on another film. Things however changed once she got on set.

“they said they had an amazing stunt double… I wouldn’t even have to run… got there and the next thing I know, they were asking me to run, jump out of things, fall here, be punched, put in a choke hold. All kinds of things basically. Ultimately I had to do a lot of it in the end. I was totally unprepared but luckily I had my “Bond training” (Harris appeared in Skyfall as Miss Moneypenny.)

“Black and Blue” was directed by Deon Taylor ( Traffik, The Intruder.) It opens in theatres Friday, October 25.

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