“Black and Blue” is the new Sony/ Screen Gems film starring Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Tyrese Gibson (Fast and Furious franchise). Harris plays a rookie cop returning to her hometown of New Orleans. While on the job, she inadvertently captures the shooting death of a young drug dealer on her body cam.
Once she realizes the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the only person from the community who’s willing to help her, a store owner named Mouse (Gibson.) Now, she finds herself on the run from both the vengeful criminals and the lawmen who desperately want to destroy the incriminating footage.
The film tackles the timely issues of police brutality, the thin blue line that Black police officers have to contend with between their race and their brothers in blue.
The film also features Mike Colter (‘Luke Cage’) and Nafessa Williams (CW’s ‘Black Lightening.’) EURweb’s Jill Munroe talked with Gibson and the film’s director, Deon Taylor, about uncovering a more vulnerable Tyrese for the role of Mouse and also why a film like “Black and Blue” is so timely for Gibson.
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Tyrese on showing a softer side with the character of Mouse and the inspiration behind that.
“That was Deon. We had conversations about my usual go-to’s. The truth of the matter is, (Mouse) is a regular guy that works in a store. I know exactly who Alicia is, played by Naomie. I know she’s been through two tours of Afghanistan and a police officer… I know that she’s the officer and of the two, she would be the one that would keep us safe, but I know the streets… so there’s a codependency that people can see, that actually played out in Deon’s mind. He protected us from going places we weren’t supposed to.”
“Black and Blue” is in theaters now.