Hollywood said ‘no’ to Deon Taylor, so he made his own path

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Deon Taylor is used to hearing the word “no” when it comes to his movies. But his refusal to be dissuaded is a large part of the reason the self-taught filmmaker from Gary, Indiana was able to become a director in the first place.

And after making successful movies independently for 15 years, Hollywood is starting to take notice. This year Taylor has two major films in theaters. “The Intruder” became a solid hit in May, and his police thriller “Black and Blue” opens nationwide Thursday.

“Black and Blue” star Naomie Harris calls Taylor a “maverick.”

Harris plays a police officer who witnesses corruption in her own ranks and finds herself on the run from her peers.

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