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Bullock reveals heartwarming ‘Blind Side’

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Image: Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"

Sandra Bullock was initially reluctant to sign on to the film. “I didn’t trust it,” she said. “I thought it would be schmaltzy and soft.” Then she spent a day with the real Mrs. Tuohy, who’d been reared by a tough U.S. marshal father.

Throughout the course of her movie career, Sandra Bullock has sparred with a psychotic bus bomber, a cryogenically defrosted supervillain, and murderous cyberterrorists. But nothing quite prepared her for coming face-to-face with the real-life woman she plays in “The Blind Side”: a feisty Southern spitfire named Leigh Anne Tuohy.

“Leigh Anne scared me from the minute she opened the door,” Bullock says. “I was sitting in a chair in her house with my little hands folded in my lap. I couldn’t say anything.”

“The Blind Side” is a testament to Tuohy’s bulldozer personality and the fervor of her motherly love. Adapted from a book by Michael Lewis, the film recounts how Tuohy and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw) — a wealthy white Memphis couple with two kids of their own — took in a homeless black teenager named Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). Despite the raised eyebrows, snickering, and worse from many around them, the Tuohys wound up adopting Oher as their son and helped him get into college and eventually join the NFL, where he now plays left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

Source: MSNBC