The Blind Side was a movie that captured the hearts of millions and earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy. With recent allegations against the Tuohy family and their treatment of Michael Oher, the real-life inspiration for the movie, some have called for Bullock to return her Oscar.
Enter Quinton Aaron, the actor who played Michael Oher in the movie. In an exclusive interview with ET, Aaron spoke out in defense of his former co-star, saying that there is no reason for her to comment on the scandal.
“To make a statement like that doesn’t make any sense,” Aaron told TMZ Sports. “Sandra Bullock didn’t have anything to do with the real story that we’re reading as of right now.”
He continued, “She gave a brilliant performance. And that shouldn’t be tarnished for something that had nothing to do with her.”
Aaron’s comments come after some social media users called for Bullock to return her Oscar in light of the allegations against the Tuohy family. But many have leapt to the actor’s defense, pointing out that the real-life events behind her on-screen portrayal have nothing to do with her.
The criticism of Bullock has been branded particularly bad taste in light of the recent news that her long-term partner, Bryan Randall, had passed away after a private three-year battle with ALS.
While the legal battle between Michael Oher and the Tuohy family continues, it’s clear that Quinton Aaron is firmly in Bullock’s corner. As he put it himself, “Sandra Bullock didn’t have anything to do with the real story… I think that people just need to chill out, relax and let the families involved handle whatever is going on.”