Remember the movie, THE BLIND SIDE starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron from 2009? Yes, the same movie that made us all reach for tissue boxes and made us pretend that we weren’t crying but just removing dust from our eyes. Yes, the same movie which got sandra bullock her Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture And Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor. ( Yup all three) Turns out the real-life Blind Side story is far from a hope in humanity story. Things seem to be so shocking and bad that Netizens are demanding Sandra Bullock return her Oscars. Since things are pretty much unfolding and progressing we can bring you some of the scenarios that have been happening.
The Background of The Blind Side
Technically the movie was based on a portion of a 2006 book by Michael Lewis called “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game”. The book was written by Lewis when Oher was still in his playing years at the University of Mississippi. The book portion was explaining “The Blind Side” a position in the game meanwhile highlighting the star Player’s personal Life. So this portion was adapted for the screen under John Lee Hancock’s direction. The story was a powerful one taking real-life facts like how Michael Oher who came from a very bad and impoverished situation was helped by the Tuhoy family and eventually adopted him into their family.
So what happened…
Turns out that the Tuhoy family never actually adopted Michael Oher and instead, they had tricked him into a conservatorship ( yes the infamous system that we saw as a prime villain in Britney Spear’s life). Oher never knew about this until this year (2023). According to Oher, by tricking into conservatorship, the Tuhoy family had full control over all the profits and Oher’s business and finances. Oher went on to say that while the movie, based on his life, earned $309 million at the box office, he never received anything.
USA Today reports that in Oher’s petition to the court, he claims that both Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy had negotiated a deal for themselves and their two biological children, $225,000 and 2.5% of the film’s Proceeds
On the other hand, Sean Tuhoy told Daily Memphian that he didn’t make any money from the movie and that everybody in the family got an equal share of $14,000 including Michael.
The Tuhoys in a press conference have agreed to end the conservatorship. Things are still ongoing and progressing, accusations and claims are being thrown from both ends, including Tuhoys. The Tuhoys’ lawyer claims that Michel Oher has “Unbeknownst to the public, attempted to run this play several times before”. We are yet to see what happens in their case. Shockingly though, Netizens have another target in sight. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock’s Role.
For her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, critics are demanding Sandra Bullock return her Oscars. The actress who has recently lost her partner to a three-year battle with ALS, has not officially commented on the legal battle going on with the Tuhoys. But it’s her co-star Quinton Aaron who played Oher in the movie, that is coming to her defence. In his New York Post Interview, he said
“We are living in a day and age where people are hell-bent on pointing the blame on people and are just throwing things out there that’s wrong,” Aaron told the outlet. “It’s like saying, ‘Let’s throw this person to the wolves. “Sandra did nothing wrong. That’s my girl and she is going through a really tough time right now. I feel like they should leave her alone and stop trying to come at her.”
So what do you think about the recent developments? Should the real-life legal troubles affect the movie and its actors? or should the team of the movie including actors take a stand for its story’s real-life subject?
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