Leigh Anne Tuohy is a lifelong Memphis resident. She married Sean Tuohy in 1981 and started a family. They have 2 children of their own and adopted a young boy, Michael Oher who is went on to college fame at Ole Miss and recently signed on with the Baltimore Ravens.
Leigh Anne Tuohy says it was “extremely flattering” to learn that Sandra Bullock had been cast to portray her in a movie.
Before Tuohy and the star of “Speed” and “Miss Congeniality” met for the first time last week, Tuohy said she had this reaction to Bullock’s plan to visit Memphis: “I can’t do limos, I can’t do nine assistants — that’s just not how we roll. If Sandra wants to come jump in the sandbox with us, bring her on.”
Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and their adopted son, Ole Miss lineman Michael Oher, are the focus of the movie “The Blind Side,” set to star Sandra Bullock.
The 5-foot-2 Tuohy and her 6-5, 309-pound adopted son, Michael Oher, a star Ole Miss lineman who is expected to be a top NFL draft choice, will be the focus of the movie “The Blind Side,” which begins shooting in late April under the partial guidance of Memphis-born executive producer Molly Smith.
“At its core, it’s a relationship story between Leigh Anne and Michael,” said Smith, 27, daughter of FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith. “It’s not totally a sports movie. It’s a family, feel-good, relationship movie.”
The film is based on Michael Lewis’ best-seller “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which chronicled the bond that grew between the Tuohys, a well-to-do white East Memphis family, and Oher, a struggling African-American student from the inner city.
Now 22, Oher bounced from school to school and foster home to foster home before finding stability at Briarcrest Christian School and moving in with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who eventually adopted him and now count Oher as one of “our three children,” along with daughter Collins, 22, and son Sean Jr., 15.
For the Memphis film community, the downside of “The Blind Side” is that the movie will be shot in Georgia rather than in the Memphis area.
“As much as I’d love to bring the project to Memphis,” said Smith, “there’s substantial financial advantage to shooting in Georgia.”
Originally slated to be a 20th Century Fox production, the movie is now being financed by Fred Smith’s Alcon Entertainment company. Gil Netter (“Marley & Me”) will produce, along with Alcon heads Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, with Molly Smith as an executive producer.
‘The Blind Side’ Movie Trailer