The Blind Side depicts the true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless, traumatised and oversized African-American youngster from a broken home. Michael is taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) and their two children, a well-off white family who help him to achieve his academic and sporting potential and to meet his challenges, enabling him to eventually become an All-American footballer. In the process, the Tuohy family make self-discoveries of their own.
Sean Tuohy: You really expect Michael to lay down on a couch and talk about his childhood like he's Woody Allen or something? I mean, Michael's gift is his ability to forget. He's mad at no one and he really doesn't care happened in the past.
Leigh Anne Tuohy: You're right.
Sean Tuohy: Excuse me? “You're right”? How'd those words taste coming out of your mouth?
Leigh Anne Tuohy: Like vinegar.
When Quinton Aaron auditioned for the film, he was working as a security guard between acting gigs. After his audition, he left a card with his contact information and offered to work as a security guard on the set in case he wasn't selected to play Michael Oher.
The real Tuohy family and Michael Oher.