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Michael Oher: ‘The Blind Side’ Inspiration Claims Movie Hurt His Football Career

Thu, June 18, 2015 10:59am EDT by Avery Thompson 4 Comments
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Michael Oher is sharing his true feelings about ‘The Blind Side.’ The NFL offensive lineman, who was the inspiration behind the 2009 sports drama, says he gets ‘downgraded’ and judged more because of the film. He believes people aren’t really able to see his true skills on the field as a result of the movie.

The Blind Side may have been one of the best movies of 2009 and earned Sandra Bullock, 50, an Oscar, but Michael Oher, 29, is giving the film a negative review. In a recent interview, Michael said the movie has actually hurt his NFL career. He claims people “take things away from me because of a movie” instead of focusing on his talents on the field.

“I’m not trying to prove anything,” Michael said, according to ESPN. “People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.”

The movie came up after Michael, who currently plays for the Carolina Panthers, was asked if a minicamp squabble between him and defensive end Kony Ealy showed he has to prove himself more than ever after less than stellar past seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. “This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not…that has nothing to do with football,” he continued. “It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie. That’s taken away from my football. That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.”

Wow. That’s a bold statement. The movie, which grossed a mega $300 million, was inspired by Michael’s story. Sandra played Leigh Anne Tuohy, who adopted Michael into her family and helped him get into football. He played college football at Ole Miss and was selected by the Ravens in the first-round of the NFL draft in 2009. 

Michael has spoken out about The Blind Side before. At the Super Bowl in 2013, he said, “I’m tired of the movie. I’m here to play football,” Michael said. “Football is what got me here and the movie, it wasn’t me. I always knew how to play football growing up. It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.”

HollywoodLifers, do you think The Blind Side has hurt Michael’s career? Do you think he’s overreacting? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson