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The inside scoop on the Tuohy family

Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy with Michael Oher at Ole Miss. TUOHY FAMILY PHOTO.
Fun facts about the real Blind Side family, from Sean Tuohy….
When Michael Oher signed a huge contract with the Baltimore Ravens: “He didn’t give me any of it, I know that.”
On Michael’s personality: “He has an incredible gift to forget. That’s Michael Oher’s story.”
In the movie, Michael blocks an airbag from striking Sean (S.J.) Tuohy Jr. when the two hit a truck crossing an intersection: “The truth is, it was a head-on collision on a snowy day. And he absolutely stopped the airbag.”
About Leigh Anne Tuohy’s relationship with Michael: “He has an incredible relationship with my wife.”
About his own relationship with Michael: “I was the ATM machine. He has a trust problem with men.
“When you get to be 23, independent, with a pocketful of cash, call your dad,” he told BA’s students to laughter.
The difference between an interior designer – what his wife Leigh Anne is -- and an interior decorator? “A designer is the one who gets $500 an hour,” he said, noting he made the mistake of calling her a decorator “once.”
“I sleep with one eye open,” he added. Anyone who has seen the movie will understand.
Speaking of interior design …: Tuohy said that the home used for the filming was not their own, but similar. However when they first saw a screening of the movie, his wife said, “You think I’d have drapes like that in my house? Those are the ugliest drapes I’ve ever seen.’”
Brotherly love: In the movie, son S.J. does most of the talking when SEC coaches Phil Fulmer, Nick Saben, Ed Orgeron and Lou Holtz – all playing themselves – come to call. “He wore them out,” Sean Tuohy said of S.J. “The movie was kind.”
A special relationship: While S.J. and Michael are best buds, Collins Tuohy and Michael “are connected at the hip,” her dad says. “My daughter and Michael are inseparable.”
-- Susan Leathers
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