Sandra Bullock has said she repeatedly refused to appear in The Blind Side.
Her eventual portrayal of mother-of-two Leigh Anne Tuohy won her an Oscar.
“This is the film I said no to,” she told PA. If I had thought this was going to be my golden ticket… It just was such odd circumstances and things came together in a way that I just didn’t see coming… that’s what makes it so overwhelming and unexpected.”
The film tells the true story of a devout Christian who takes a homeless student Michael Oher (Aaron Quinton) under her wing. He goes on to become an American Football star in the NFL.
The 45 year-old actress also revealed she requested director John Lee Hancock ask the real-life Leigh Anne about her fashion style.
She added: “Everything I wore was what she wears, every designer label, and every make-up item was from her palette. Her watch was her watch, her night-gown was hers. I remember asking John to email Leigh Anne to ask her about her night-gown and he sighed because he knew what the reply was going to be – ‘Y’all need to get a life’.”
The Blind Side is released in the UK tomorrow (March 26).