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A Washington Redskin has become part of the amazing after-life of "The Blind Side." Linebacker Chris Draft is hosting a screening of the movie this afternoon at THEARC (The Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) in DC for 350 12-to-17-year-old kids. They will receive a copy of Michael Lewis' original book and, after the film, hear Draft and other sports figures address the importance of literacy. It's part of the roll-out for "Project Blind Side." This partnership of the movie's producers with the Chris Draft Family Foundation and Legacy Connect aims to use the film to help inspire "positive and productive men and women."

The joy of charity is the theme that underlies the narrative of "In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving," a new book that "Blind Side" hero Michael Oher's adoptive parents, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, have put together with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins. Talking to them for an A&E piece coming out Sunday reminded me of my conversations with the film's writer-director, John Lee Hancock, months before the movie's release.

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"Was Leigh Anne's action in taking Michael Oher in out of the ordinary?" Hancock asked. "Absolutely. Was it completely in keeping with the character of Leigh Anne Tuohy? Absolutely. That's who she is; she's a charitable person."

Hancock said that he and Sandra Bullock both knew it was up to Bullock to carry the movie as Leigh Anne, "and Sandra was terrified of doing it." (That's Bullock above, with Quinton Aron as Oher.) She was conscious of the need to cut against the cliches of Southern Christian characters in movies. Hancock said, "She told me it would be the toughest character she ever played. But ultimately I think that's why [if you're an actress like Bullock] you take these challenges on. Every time I see the movie it's incredible to me what she's done."

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Hancock said back then, "I've always thought that, for all her gifts, she was an under-appreciated dramatic actress."

What do her fans think? After her phenomenal success with "The Blind Side," do you fear she'll return to a succession of lame romantic comedies like "The Proposal?"

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