Michael Oher was just 16 years old when his life changed forever. He went from living with a drug-addicted mother to becoming a professional football player in the span of a few years. Michael has one special family and a few others to thank for propelling him towards the life he lives today. His story was documented in the Oscar-winning film “The Blind Side,” and while the film got many things right, it also got a few things wrong — and there’s a major reason why Michael himself doesn’t like the movie.
Audiences Loved The Film
The 2009 movie “The Blind Side” starred Quinton Aaron as Michael “Big Mike” Oher, a high school student at Briarcrest Christian School who was rescued from poverty and taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw). Big Mike became a highly sought-after prospect in college football and wound up playing for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. The film was based on the 2006 book, “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis and was written and directed by John Lee Hancock. The movie made $300 million at the box office, and Bullock won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her role.
The Physical Differences Are Obvious
Sandra Bullock went blonde for the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy to make it more realistic. Her character’s children, Sean “S.J.” and Collins, were played by actors Jae Head and Lily Collins. One of the criticisms was that Michael and S.J. looked quite different on the big screen than they did in real life. S.J., in particular, was portrayed as a very tiny child, but in photos shown at the end of the film, it’s obvious that S.J. wasn’t small at all. In fact, today he is six-feet tall! Michael, while large in real life, is much more fit and muscular than the actor who portrayed him on the big screen.