Real-Life Inspiration Behind "The Blind Side" Movie Sues Family: A Closer Look
Former NFL star Michael Oher says he never earned anything for the story that was adapted to theaters
Have you ever watched a film and wondered about the true story behind it? Well, here's a jaw-dropping tale for you. Remember the heartwarming flick "The Blind Side"? It turns out, the real-life player who inspired the movie, Michael Oher, is taking legal action against the family who brought his story to the big screen.
In case you need a refresher, "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, tells the story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, who adopt Michael Oher and support his journey to become a football star. However, Oher has now thrown a curveball into the mix by filing a lawsuit in Tennessee, claiming that he was never truly adopted by the Tuohy family and that they profited from his life story without compensating him.
Oher alleges that the Tuohy family embellished the story to make a profit at his expense. According to ESPN, he asserts that the couple deceived him into signing a document that gave them legal authority over his business matters, while misleadingly suggesting that becoming their "legal guardian" was almost the same as being an "adopted parent." This legal move enabled the Tuohys to present themselves as Oher's adoptive parents, reaping financial gains from the movie adaptation.
But here's the kicker: Oher claims that despite being the driving force behind the story, he didn't receive a dime from the book or movie deal. Can you believe it? The deal reportedly involved splitting the proceeds between the Tuohy couple and their biological children, leaving Oher, the central figure, empty-handed.
Oher, an NFL star, started his professional career in 2009, and amidst his whirlwind success, he didn't have the chance to fully grasp the situation. It wasn't until 2016, after his retirement, that he had the opportunity to examine the details closely.
"The Blind Side," directed by John Lee Hancock, not only tugged at our heartstrings but also earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. Now, with this legal drama unfolding, it's like we're getting a sequel that no one saw coming. Who knew the off-screen story could be as gripping as the on-screen one?
So, folks, next time you're captivated by a heartwarming movie, remember that the real stories behind them can be quite different.
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