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Sandra Bullock's 'Blind Side' co-star has a crush on her
"The Blind Side," the new movie about former Ole Miss and current Ravens tackle Michael Oher, includes cameos by a series of real-life SEC coaches shown trying to recruit him.
But there is a lesson about the coaching profession in watching LSU's Nick Saban, Ole Miss' Ed Orgeron, South Carolina's Lou Holtz, Arkansas' Houston Nutt, Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and Tennessee's Phil Fulmer parade through the Memphis home of Oher's adoptive parents:
Five years later, not one of those guys still has the job he was in at the time.
Quinton Aaron, the actor who plays Oher, said all of the coaches were "cool" to work with, but he did not grow up as much of a football fan, which partly explains why he was far more impressed working with his co-star, Sandra Bullock.
"I had a crush on her for the longest," said Aaron, 25.
"I followed her career, watched so many movies with her over the years. The first movie I got a crush on her from was 'Love Potion No. 9.' That part where she runs out in a wedding dress? Wow."
Bullock, 45, spends much of "The Blind Side" strutting in tight clothes and getting things done by sheer, over-the-top force of will.
It all seems a bit much at times.
But people who know Leigh Anne Tuohy, Oher's real-life adoptive mother, say Bullock nailed her characterization of the charmingly but relentlessly pushy Tuohy.
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