When “The Blind Side,” was released in theaters in 2009, it was a roaring success which grossed over $300 million and stole the hearts of many. The film quickly became the feel-good-movie of the year and went on to snag multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and awards, with one of the stars of the movie, Sandra Bullock, taking home an Academy Award for Best Actress. However, behind the camera, things weren’t as perfect as they seemed. While audiences of the film were automatically touched by Michael Oher’s story, it turns out that everything they were seeing in the film wasn’t exactly as it appeared to be.
For this reason, the real Michael Oher, who was played by Quinton Aaron, was not so happy with the outcome of the film, particularly with the way in which he was portrayed. There were some major inaccuracies in the film which wrongly outlined the course of Michael’s life. When you take these fallacies along with the usual drama involved in creating a major motion picture, the result isn’t always so pleasant. So, get ready, because we’re about to dive into what really happened in Michael Oher’s life.
Less Than Happy
It’s no secret that The Blind Side was a major success. Movie goers loved it, critics were relatively satisfied, and the film took home many awards and nominations. However, there was one person in particular who was left unhappy with the film’s outcome and it’s the most important person of all, the one whom without him, there wouldn’t be a film at all. Of course, we’re talking about none other than Michael Oher himself.
Michael Oher couldn’t stand to watch the film. While actor Quinton Aaron gave a solid performance and Sandra Bullock a winning one as well, Oher felt that the film did not realistically depict his life. Not only did he feel like the movie didn’t really show who he was, but even worse than that, he felt like the movie had serious consequences for him and his career. Since the release of the film, Oher’s career has taken a turn for the worse and he has been cut from two different teams in the past six years.
In 2015, Michael told ESPN: “I’m not trying to prove anything. People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field. This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie.”