Sue Mitchell Miss Sue Born: August 5, Some things in [the movie] are the truth, some things are not. People have got to do things to sell it. But everything is good, though. Why did Leigh Anne Tuohy take Michael in? Was Michael Oher's birth mother really a crack addict? The Blind Side true story reveals that Michael's birth mother had been addicted to crack cocaine. What happened to Michael's father? He was shot and killed, then thrown off an overpass on the west side of Memphis. Michael didn't learn of his father's death until three months after it happened, partially because it took time for his father to be identified.
Tony Henderson, who helped Michael get into Briarcrest, called the school office with the news of Michael's father's death. Michael's father hadn't been around when he was growing up. Evolution of a Game The real Big Tony right played a more significant role in Michael's life than his movie character left. Who was the man who helped Michael get into Briarcrest Christian School? The character in the movie who refers to himself as Tony Hamilton is based on Tony Henderson aka Big Tony , who in real life runs an athletic program that mentors teens in his neighborhood.
Recognizing Michael's unstable home life, Tony took Michael in. In real life, Tony worked across town as a mechanic, as stated in the movie Evolution of a Game. Why did the filmmakers change the name of the school to Wingate for the film? In the movie, the Christian school that Michael attends is named Wingate and is the home of the Wingate Crusaders football team. Through our research into the Michael Oher true story we discovered that the real name of the school is Briarcrest, home of the Briarcrest Saints.
He noted that there were several school administrators who were concerned over instances of "artistic license" in the original script that stretched the truth. Did the coach at Briarcrest Christian School really lobby to get Michael accepted? Evolution of a Game, the football coach at Briarcrest, Hugh Freeze referred to as Burt Cotton in the movie , did encourage his colleagues to accept Michael's application.
Was Michael immediately let into Briarcrest like in the movie? When researching The Blind Side facts vs fiction, it was revealed that due to Michael Oher's poor and nearly non-existent academic record as of , the principal at Briarcrest insisted that he participate in a home school program for a few months first to get his grades up. Prior to Briarcrest, Michael had been to 11 schools in 9 years, often skipping class. During one year at Westwood High School, he was absent 51 days.
By his freshman year of high school his grade point average was. I wanted to be something in life. Evolution of a Game Tackle the real story as author Michael Lewis presents Oher's journey without the Hollywood sugarcoating, revealing certain less flattering details about Oher's path to college football and eventually the NFL.
This isn't to say his experience isn't inspiring; the book just does a better job at disclosing every aspect of the story. The Tuohy's then year-old daughter Collins was in one of Michael's classes and she told her father about the big quiet new guy in her class. Sean made an effort to get to know him and realized that he was hungry all day and that he had no money to buy lunch.
So, Sean started to pay for his lunches. The real Sean Tuohy did first spot Michael Oher when he was sitting in the stands of the Briarcrest gym, but it was during basketball practice, not Sean's daughter's volleyball game. At that point, Michael was still academically ineligible to play on the Briarcrest boys basketball team. Unlike what we see in the movie, in real life Leigh Anne's husband Sean started paying for Michael's lunch at school before his wife encountered Michael on the side of the road.
A fictional account of this can be seen in the DVD's deleted scenes. Did Michael really write the "White Walls" essay that was read by his biology teacher in the movie? Early in the movie, Mrs. Boswell is based on the real life Marilyn Beasley, a biology teacher at Briarcrest who discovered that Michael did much better when his tests were administered orally.
The beginning of Michael's "White Walls" essay reads: I look and I see white everywhere: The teachers are not aware that I have no idea of anything they are talking about. I do not want to listen to anyone, especially the teachers. They are giving homework and expecting me to do the problems on my own.
I've never done homework in my life. I go to the bathroom, look in the mirror, and say, "This is not Mike Oher. I want to get out of this place. Unlike the rainy nighttime scene in the movie, The Blind Side true story reveals that Leigh Anne's encounter with Michael on the side of the road really happened on a cold morning during Thanksgiving break.
She and her husband watched Michael get off a city bus in the snow wearing only cutoff blue jeans and a t-shirt. Like in the movie, Michael was on his way to the school gym in order to escape the weather and find warmth.
In reality, Leigh Anne didn't offer Michael a place to stay immediately. Instead, their encounter on the side of the road on that snowy November morning in , prompted her to pick Michael up at Briarcrest the next day and take him shopping. She couldn't ignore that he had been out in the cold in cutoff jeans and a t-shirt, the same outfit he was seen wearing every day.
In reality, it took months after the roadside encounter before the Tuohy family welcomed Michael into their home. And for months after that, at least five different families, both white and black, provided Michael with a place to stay after his coaches realized that he didn't have a home.
This eventually included the Tuohy family. In the other houses I didn't feel like part of the family. I didn't feel like they wanted me there. Michael was years-old when Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy welcomed him into their home.
Does the real Leigh Anne Tuohy work as an interior decorator? Leigh Anne works as an interior decorator and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Was the Tuohy's daughter Collins really a high school volleyball player? In real life the Tuohy's daughter Collins was a state champion pole vaulter.
She was also a high school cheerleader, as seen in the movie. Did Michael Oher really never have his own bed prior to living with the Tuohy family? Being one of twelve children growing up in the projects, the real Michael Oher never had his own bed.
Like Sandra Bullock's character does in the movie, Leigh Anne bought him a futon to sleep on since her husband told her that the larger pro athletes use them if they can't find a bed big enough. As in the movie, most people who knew Michael Oher referred to him as "Big Mike".
This included the people he knew back in Hurt Village where he grew up and the people he met at Briarcrest Christian School. Did Michael Oher really have to learn to play football when he first joined the high school team? This was grossly exaggerated in the movie. Michael did not have to learn how to play football, and Leigh Anne never walked onto the practice field to inspire Michael by telling him to protect his team as if he was protecting their family. The film's suggestion that he needed to be taught how to play football upset the real Michael Oher, "That part right there, it really got me because it was never like that.
I've always known how to play the game of football. I've always had a passion for the game. You know, it's Hollywood, so I mean that's what they do, but at the end of the day it's still a good story. Either you have that toughness and aggression or you don't. As the real Michael Oher stated above, he already knew how to play football. Actor Jay Head, who portrays S. He was by no means the pipsqueak that we see onscreen.
Did Michael really remain silent when taunted by racist fans at a game? As Michael Lewis states in his book, when racist fans were taunting him, the real Michael Oher flipped them the bird.
Did Michael really lift up a trash talking opponent and carry him off the field by his pads? During a scrimmage against a team from Munford, the defensive end who lined up across from Michael delivered a hefty dose of trash talk with every play, threatening Michael and calling him fat. Like in the movie, when the opportunity arose during a play later in the game, Michael lifted his trash talking opponent up by his pads and began to carry him off the field, through the Munford bench, across the cinder track and toward his bus.
In real life, Michael got the Munford player up to the fence but not over it unlike what we see in the movie before a group of Munford players piled on top of him.
Unsure what penalty to call, the refs penalized Michael for "excessive blocking", the same unusual penalty called in the movie. Did the library scene really happen with Leigh Anne's daughter Collins?
The real Collins Tuohy never had to overcome taunting at school because of Michael staying with her family. Collins Tuohy, an honor student, rearranged her entire class schedule in order to help Michael. She dropped all of her AP advanced placement classes to be in Michael's English and math classes, so that she could understand what his assignments were.
She spent several hours at night helping him with his homework. Collins isn't quite as timid as her onscreen counterpart and being seen with Michael at school was never an issue. She was a cheerleader and he played football, and they both were on the track team together Huckabee. Did Leigh Anne really have to deal with haughty women questioning her decision to take Michael in? In the movie, Leigh Anne's Sandra Bullock friends ask her intrusive questions about Michael during a lunch gathering.
Evolution of a Game, "We knew people were going to have issues because we had a daughter exactly the same age," Leigh Anne admitted.