One-on-One with Tyrese Gibson, Star of the New Action-Thriller “Black and Blue”
By Donte Chase Bridges | October 21st
“You cannot expect to walk away and not be affected by this movie.” – Tyrese Gibson
If you have eyes, ears, and live in America, you’ve seen and heard about the police brutality that terrorizes our streets continuously. No more is the day where violence, similar to the Rodney King beating, isn’t captured by a stranger’s video camera. Fortunately for moviegoers, these pressing issues have now been revealed in the gritty action thriller Black and Blue– a story about rookie New Orleans Officer Alicia West (Naomi Harris) exposing the corruption of dirty cops, ultimately, finding herself on the wrong end of the law.
I feel passionately about Black and Blue because it has such a powerful, impactful, and important message. So it was a special experience for me to be a part of a film like this. – Actress Naomi Harris
Tyrese Gibson shows off his acting chops as Milo Jackson, a longtime friend that helps rookie Officer Alicia West evade the crooked cops looking to silence her for good. Born in Los Angeles, California, the acting veteran got his big break in the nationally televised Coca-Cola commercial, where he showcased his chart-topping R&B skills. From humble beginnings, Tyrese has gone on to star in such films as Baby Boy, the Transformers’ franchise, Fast & Furious, and his latest action-thriller Black and Blue.
I had a chance to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with Tyrese Gibson to find out his feelings on making a film that tackles a controversial topic such as police corruption.
SCENE: How deep do you feel the friction between police brutality and the black community goes?
Tyrese: I just think the tension between the Inner-City and Law Enforcement goes all the way back to the Civil Rights Movement. In this movie, we wanted to speak up on the abuse of power, smuggling drugs, police corruption, or anything that has nothing to do with what police officers first committed to.
SCENE: Why do you feel the audience will be drawn to your new movie (Black and Blue) about police corruption?
Tyrese: This topic will always be relevant. I can go on social media right now and all I have to do is go down my timeline and see so many cases of police brutality. When I was broke and living at the bottom, I felt a way about all those police officers that beat the hell out of Rodney King. And you got to keep in mind that when this all happened, there were no bodycams; it was just someone who rolled out of bed with a video camera and decided to film it.
SCENE: You’ve done so many box office action movies in your career; does it feel fulfilling to dive into a film that tackles a very deep subject such as police corruption?
Tyrese: I find myself trying to find a balance between big box office movies with CGI and special effects, and movies that don’t have a lot of money on the table but an opportunity to create a shift. What a blessing it is to work on a project that pulls on your heartstrings with medicine inside the food that’s going to catch people off guard.
SCENE: How was it like working in New Orleans, Louisiana, known for being one of the most corrupt police force in the country?
Tyrese: Our entire set was protected and secured by New Orleans police officers. This movie is not about the mayor, who is currently in jail right now. We wanted to focus on police corruption and anyone who had a moral compass and wanted to focus on doing the right thing. It doesn’t matter what ghetto you living in, there is localized politics everywhere, but it’s really the same s*** different toilet.
SCENE: Has your view of the police been personally affected by making this film, and does this film make you look at Police Enforcement differently than before?
Tyrese: There’s only so many roles that have this much raw unapologetic truth in it. You cannot expect to walk away and not be affected by this. I’ve seen this movie three times, and I swear, I jump up and down at certain scenes even now. I think when people see it, because it’s so relatable, everyone will be affected by this.
For more information on Black & Blue go to https://www.blackandblue.movie/