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gwynethjones my eyes are red & puffy, been crying for 2 hours, mostly happy tears. darn you The Blind Side..!! AWEsome movie!
gwynethjones BlindSide: why did Quinton Aaron not get more attention? i saw Precious & now this-both amazing performances-but he wasn't given the same accolades?
gwynethjones The Blind Sides Quinton Aaron RL story just as heartwarming as Michael Oher. http://bit.ly/bWA2ZA Why are only Aussies & Brits writing about it?
"Rising star Quinton Aaron: I was about to be made homeless when I landed role in hit film The Blind Side"
"AT 6ft 8in and 33 stone, Quinton Aaron had spent much of his life struggling to fit in.
Just 12 months ago, and holding down a job as a security guard, he was about to be evicted from his home.
Then his life was turned upside down as he was cast in the surprise smash hit The Blind Side opposite Sandra Bullock.
The heart-warming film cost £20million to make but has taken in more than £200million at the American box office and earned Bullock an Oscar.
But Quinton is the real success story, finally finding his place in movies.
"One kid said I was good for nothing and big for nothing," he said. "I said he can't call me 'big for nothing'." Read the Whole Article Mar 24 2010 By Siobhan Synnot
I'm not going to get into the Blind Side criticism & backlash (Onion, Village Voice, etc.) Y'all can just go ahead and Google that....but I want to focus on the message...both the RL story
I think this amazingly talented young actor has such a heartwarming and uplifting story that rivals the real life story of the equally amazingly talented RAVENS star (Go Ravens!)....Mr. Michael Oher
According to an Aussie article & interview with Mr. Aaron: Learning and Earning
"In his first starring role, Aaron, 25, plays Oher. It's a huge break for him after biding his time doing small roles in Law & Order and the film Be Kind, Rewind and working as a security guard. Opposite him as the strong-willed Tuohy is Sandra Bullock. Made for about $US30 million ($A33 million) - less than half the average coin for a studio film - The Blind Side has proved phenomenally popular, taking more than $US275 million since opening on November 20.
Nobody expected that, Aaron says. He puts it all down to his co-star. And God.
''A lot of people in the world today need to be inspired in order to get out and do what they have to do to be successful,'' he says. ''People who go through hard times often feel that they're alone … This film shows you that you're wrong; that you're not the only one going through it and here's the way to get out of it.''
Like Precious, a film Aaron admires very much, The Blind Side heralds education as the way out. That resonated loudly with him. Born in the mean streets of the Bronx in New York and abandoned by his father, Aaron's mother, author Laura Aaron, moved the family to Georgia to ensure her children received a good education.
His mother died in November 2008 and Aaron personally regards the film as a tribute to her belief in the value of school."
And there you go.... Amazing story....Both. It's ALL good...now if only my eyes would NOT puff up from all that crying for Easter brunch with the family tomorrow...Gah!
Photo Credits: On the Red Carpet, and Earning and Learning