‘The Blind Side’ coach, Ray McKinnon, recalls Sandra Bullock’s bodyguards and his ‘Deadwood’ days

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I’m going to guess that when Ray McKinnon signed on to play Coach Burt Cotton in the 2009 movie The Blind Side he couldn’t have guessed it would be among the top grossing films of the year and that his co-star, Sandra Bullock, would be nominated for an Academy Award as best actress.

Who could have predicted that?

For a guy whose previous best-known role was probably that of Reverend H.W. Smith on the HBO series “Deadwood,” the success of The Blind Side can’t be anything but good.

He’s already been nominated for a 2010 Spirit Award for his role as “Lonzo” in the indie That Evening Sun, opposite legendary actor Hal Holbrook.

McKinnon, by the way, won an Oscar of his own back in 2002 for his work behind the camera on a short, The Accountant.

RAY McKINNON AUDIO EXCERPT: “I never really got to know Sandra Bullock. But I did get to know her security pretty well. And I really liked him. Whenever I felt I needed to talk to him, I’d get within 30 feet of Sandra and we would be talking.” 

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).