The blind side Star Quinton Aaron has spoken out in support of the Tuohy family after Michael Oher claimed the family the film is based on exploited him.
Aaron starred in John Lee Hancock’s film as Oher, a young black man who, with the help of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, overcame all odds to compete in the NFL.
The couple were played in the film by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, with Bullock winning an Oscar for her performance.
However, on Monday (August 14), the real Oher filed a lawsuit alleging that the story had been told the blind side based on a 2006 book of the same name was an invention.
He also claimed that the white couple who brought him into their home never actually adopted him and made millions from his name.
Actor Aaron has now commented on the subject and spoken meaningfully TMZ that while he didn’t keep in touch with the Tuohys after the film’s release, he didn’t feel there was anything questionable about their relationship with Oher.
“I got on well with them all,” he said, adding, “They were really cool to me.”
The Be kind, rewind Star also resisted those who argued that Bullock should have her Oscar stripped because of Oher’s claims.
“Such a statement makes no sense,” he said. “Sandra Bullock had nothing to do with the true story we are reading.
“She gave a brilliant performance and that shouldn’t be marred by anything unrelated to her.”
Oher also alleges that three months after his 18th birthday in 2014, Leigh Anne and Sean got him to sign a document naming them as his conservators, thereby legally empowering them to act on his behalf conclude financial transactions.
He claims the couple signed a deal that netted them and their two biological children a sizable sum for the film adaptation, which grossed more than $300 million upon its release in 2009.
Court documents state that Oher found out in February 2023 that he was not legally adopted.
Sean defended her decision not to legally adopt Oher, saying, “We contacted attorneys who told us we could not adopt children over the age of 18; The only thing we could do was set up a conservatory position. We were so concerned that the birth mother was going to court.
Sean claimed that “we didn’t make any money from the film,” adding, “Well, Michael Lewis gave us half his cut. Everyone in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It cost about $14,000 each.”
Following the claims “The Blind Side”The film’s reputation was questioned, with many fans of the film now saying they would not watch it again.
Some critics at the time claimed the film supported a “white savior” narrative. Many have since suggested that the film and book would have been better if they had focused on Oher rather than the Tuohys.