Sandra Bullock gets blonde — and serious — in ‘The Blind Side,’ her new project based on a remarkable true story, and our own Mark Steines is on the Atlanta, GA set, where ‘The Proposal’ star reveals she was nervous about delivering a convincing Southern accent for her role.
“I couldn’t nail it those first couple of days, and then something just clicked after awhile,” she explains, adding facetiously, “You hope it clicks before you’re halfway through the film.”
In theaters November 20, ‘The Blind Side’ finds Sandra as a well-to-do, conservative suburban woman who takes in a homeless African-American teen (newcomer Quinton Aaron) from a broken home to help him fulfill his potential. Faced with all-new challenges, the young man discovers a natural ability playing football and becomes an All-American offensive left tackle with NFL prospects.
“I thought I was manic and a multi-tasker and an overachiever and I thought I got a lot done until I met her; she accomplishes more in one day than most people do in a week,” says Sandra of her real-life counterpart, Leigh Anne Tuohy. “There’s so much love and commitment and faith that this family had in being able to do what they could for this [12-year-old] child, and then in turn what happens is this child changed their entire life.”
Also starring Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates, the film is based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.