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The blinded side

"The blinded side" Continued...

Issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

Finally, my friend disliked the "goody two-shoe-ness" of the Tuohys themselves. I found this challenge the most unfair as nothing in the film's depiction of Sean or Leigh Anne suggested anything sanctimonious or holier-than-thou. If anything, the pair come off a bit ribald, though with hearts that empathize with the hurts of others. Hancock, not surprisingly, concurred. "A lot of people think Christians are uptight or not a lot of fun. But Leigh Anne and Sean are two of the most fun people I have ever met."

Also agreeing with this assessment was Sandra Bullock, who, while getting to know the Tuohys during the filming process, found her own preconceived notions about Christians challenged. "One of my biggest issues has always been people who use their faith and their religion as a banner but don't do the right things, yet still go, 'I'm a good Christian and I go to church and this is the way you should live your life,'" said Bullock. "And I'm like, you know, do not give me a lecture about how to live my life when you go to church every week but I know you are still sneaking around on your wife. And I told Leigh Anne in a live interview, one of my largest concerns getting involved with this project was that whole banner-waving thing because it scares me, and I've had experiences that haven't been great with people like that. I don't buy a lot of people who use that banner as their shield. But she was so open and honest and forthright with me I thought, wow, I've finally met someone who practices but doesn't preach."

Bullock's next comment suggested that the Tuohy's newfound fame has provided them fresh opportunities to impact others with the hope that they have. "I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith," Bullock commented. "I finally met people who walk the walk."

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.


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