CP: Are you a Christian? Did your faith have anything to do with you choosing this project? Hancock: Yes [I’m a Christian]. No. I thought it was a great story. I think that if I set out to do stories based on that then it will probably be like the cart leading the horse
The 2009 feel-good, sports drama “The Blind Side” took Hollywood by surprise. With a production budget of only $29 million, the film to date has grossed more than $250 million domestically. It also gave actress Sandra Bullock an Oscar for her performance as the tough but loving Leigh Anne Tuohy.
“The Blind Side” is based on the true story of a homeless black teen whose life takes a dramatic turn when a wealthy, evangelical Christian woman sees him walking the streets at night and takes him home. Her family quickly embraces him and makes him part of the family. The once homeless and impoverished teen goes on to become an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
Director John Lee Hancock, who also wrote the screenplay, spoke to The Christian Post this week about the film and his thoughts about churches that make movies.
“The Blind Side” will be released on DVD March 23.
CP: Did you expect “The Blind Side” to receive the success it did both at the box office and at the Academy Awards?
Hancock: All of it was a huge, unexpected, wonderful surprise. I mean, I thought the movie was really good and I thought people would like it. But you never know if people will go see it. It has been an amazing ride.