Recently, the story behind “The Blind Side” has been embroiled in controversy. Michael Oher has come out with accusations against the Tuohy family, who supposedly adopted him before he went on to have a career in the NFL. In the wake of this backlash against “The Blind Side,” there have been calls to revoke Sandra Bullock’s Oscar for her role in the movie.
In 2010, Bullock won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in “The Blind Side.” However, the film has been slammed after Oher came forth claiming the Touhy’s had never truly adopted him, instead forcing him into a conservatorship. He also accused the family of trying to shake him down for millions of dollars.
In light of the attacks on Bullock, Quinton Aaron, the actor who played Michael Oher in the movie, has come forth defending the actress. “There’s a lot of hate being spread around nowadays. And there’s you know, someone asked me, there’s people saying things that, ‘Oh maybe you should strip Sandra of her title…her Oscar.’ I’m like, ‘For what?‘” Aaron said.
Aaron claimed Bullock has had no role in the controversy and should be punished for simply performing the job she was hired to do as an actress. “There’s nothing that says she had anything to do with this. She was an actress who got hired to do a job, and she did it so well that she was rewarded for it. Why would you take that reward just because of what’s going on today, 14 years later?” he continued.
On top of this drama, Bullock is dealing with losing a loved one. Sandra Bullock’s long-time partner Bryan Randall recently died at the age of 57 from ALS. Aaron stated that people need to leave the actress alone, especially since she is dealing with the recent death.
“I’m far too familiar with the tragedy of losing a loved one, and it’s no easy feat. … My thoughts and prayers go out to her as well,” Aaron said. “And the last thing she needs is for the Internet trolls to be coming at her talking about something, ‘We should take her Oscar.’ Like just, go sit down. Go. Stay home, sit down, get a job. You know what I mean? Just stop, leave her alone.”
Aaron praised Bullock both for her acting skills and her strong character as an individual. He had nothing but good things to say about her, whether it was about her sense of humor or how welcoming Bullock was to Aaron on set.
“I loved her, her attitude about everything. You know, she was so welcoming. She was professional, but funny. Like, she’s hilarious. People don’t know, she’s hilarious. Like the jokes we had, and games we played, she created, on set for us actors to do amongst each other. And then some of the advice, the word’s of wisdom she’s given me, that I took to heart. … She’s definitely played a big part and had a huge impact on my life,” he said.
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