movie // the blind side

18 Jun 2010


i'm often rather late to the party. i'm losing significant amounts of sleep because i just finished watching this, and now i'm losing more sleep by writing this. so, the blind side. i saw the trailer and got teary. i got teary within the first 15 minutes of the film. i know some of my friends didn't like the idea that it was a white woman helping a black man, and i understand that, but it is based on a true story... anyway, i really enjoyed it and sandra bullock was great in it. as i usually do, i hop on wikipedia to read up on some of the finer details and then i read this about quinton aaron, who played the main character, and almost cried again...
Quinton auditioned for the role of Michael Oher after his mother found out about the casting call online. After he was chosen as a finalist, he was flown in to Los Angeles for the final audition. Unsure on whether he had gotten the part, on his way to the door he reached into his pocket and pulled out a card and told Director John Lee Hancock that he knew it was a long shot for him to get the part but that he does security work and would love to do services should it be needed for the film. Director Hancock told him that he would keep it in mind.
A year after the audition, Quinton's life spiraled down. His mother died and income was far in between. He had no money to pay rent or buy food for him and his brother. They had no electricity and were about to be evicted from their apartment. Just when he was about to lose hope, the phone rang. He was told that he had won the part in the movie.

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