Released in 2009, The Blind Side chronicles Michael Oher’s journey from poverty to NFL fame after being taken in by the wealthy Tuohy family. The film garnered a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, with Sandra Bullock winning Best Actress for her role. Despite the movie’s heartwarming rags-to-riches tale, recent accusations by Oher hint at a contrasting reality.
Michael Oher was never a fan of The Blind Side, which dramatized his life, but now he’s engaged in a lawsuit with the Tuohy family over allegedly stealing his profits.
According to Deadline, Oher has sued the Tuohy family, alleging they never legally adopted him and deceived him into signing a conservatorship for their financial gain. This arrangement allegedly allowed the Tuohys to profit from his name. Sean Tuohy, depicted by Tim McGraw in The Blind Side, recently expressed his distress, stating his disbelief at the notion of he and his wife Leigh Anne (played by Sandra Bullock) profiting from any of their children.
“We’re devastated,” Tuohy said. “It’s upsetting to think we would make money off any of our children. But we’re going to love Michael at 37 just like we loved him at 16.”
Sean Tuohy stated that the family only profited from a share given by Michael Lewis and no other earnings from the movie. He emphasized that the family neither received offers of money nor sought it. As of now, none of the individuals involved in The Blind Side, including Sandra Bullock, have spoken about the legal dispute between the Tuohy family and Michael Oher.
“It’s upsetting to think we would make money off any of our children. But we’re going to love Michael at 37 just like we loved him at 16.”Sean Tuohy
In his court filing, Oher claims the Tuohys and their two birth children received $225,000 each plus 2.5 percent for the film that went on to gross $309 million worldwide. Oher’s attorney said the former NFL lineman was “permanently fractured” after learning about his lack of royalties from the film based on his life story and the fact that his story wasn’t portrayed accurately.
Although Sandra Bullock was reportedly paid $5 million for her portrayal of Oher’s adopted mother, Leigh Anne, in the movie, none of the cast or crew of The Blind Side were mentioned in the lawsuit.
In The Blind Side, Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) take in a homeless teenager, Michael Oher, whose father is unknown and whose mother struggles with addiction, leaving him with minimal education. Leigh Anne, taking the initiative, ensures Michael has every opportunity to excel, even giving football coaching tips when he shows interest in the sport.
With the Tuohys’ support, including hiring a tutor, Michael’s grades soar, eventually leading to an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship and his first-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.
As of now, none of the individuals involved in The Blind Side, including Sandra Bullock, have spoken about the legal dispute between the Tuohy family and Michael Oher.
Alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, Quinten Aaron portrays Michael Oher in The Blind Side. The supporting cast includes Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer, Andy Stahl, Tom Nowicki, Brian Hollan, and Libby Whittemore. The screenplay was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.
The recent legal actions of Michael Oher against the Tuohy family cast a somber shadow over the previously heartwarming narrative of The Blind Side. Such allegations bring into question the authenticity and motivations behind the on-screen tale. Undoubtedly, viewers may now perceive the film with a heightened sense of skepticism, reevaluating the story they once believed to be purely inspirational.