Augusta star of nation's #1 movie hits local high school

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, December 8, 2009

AUGUSTA---Moviegoers pushed The Blind Side to number one over the weekend. Quinton Aaron could have celebrated anywhere, but he decided to come home to reach out to young people.

"Never would have made it," sang Quinton Aaron. "Never could have made it without you."

Quinton praised the heavens after landing a role on the big screen.

"It was crazy," said Quinton. "I flipped out."

He grew up singing in the church, but it was in the audition room that he hit a high note.

"When I finished those scenes...tears running down the eyes," said Quinton describing the casting director's reaction. "One of the casting directors came and gave me a hug. I was like 'wow'."

The Blind Side drew in $100 million in 10 days. But it's the numbers back here at home that got Quinton's attention.

The graduating class at his former high school Glenn Hills is shrinking. What started out as more than 400 students is now less than 200.

"I think that they believe that because they have it so bad that they can't rise above that," said Glenn Hills librarian Queen Smith. "But the truth is they can."

"For them to see that Quinton could come out of this neighborhood and could succeed as well as he has," said Queen, " I just thought that was really amazing."

Quinton's story is one of survival.

"Things weren't great for me before getting this role," says Quinton. "I lost my mom."

His mother died as he struggled as a young actor in a down economy.

"Don't ever think that what you're going through right now is going to be what you're going through later on in life," said Quinton.

"I would have lost it all," sang Quinton about the goodness of a higher power. "But now I see how you were there for me."

Quinton says he's glad to be home. We understand he made a surprise appearance at a basketball game at his high school.

Quinton says The Blind Side had the highest opening weekend for any sports movie. There is even Oscar buzz surrounding the film.

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  • by Somewhere In Augusta Location: Augusta on Dec 11, 2009 at 01:20 AM
    I am proud to see a young male staying positive. Success rarely comes without struggle and he has proven that it can be done as long as you don't give up. By the way, this actually isn't Mr. Aaron's first film -he had a small role in the movie Be Kind Rewind starring Danny Glover, Jack Black, and Mos Def. If you have the time, please check it out...see if you can spot him. Continue your endevors, Mr. Aaron -I am sure your guardian angel (your mom) is watching over you!
  • by Concerned Location: Augusta on Dec 10, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Makes me feel great that this guy went to GHHS. Was proud to be there.
  • by Great Job Location: Augusta on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    Great job Quinton, even though you weren't born in Augusta, I am glad that you claim Augusta as your home. I will more than welcome and recognize you as an Augustan. I love to hear people doing great things and giving back to the community. It was really special of you to take the time out to come back and talk to the students at Glenn Hills. You area great role model and inspiration for those who need someone to look up to and to know if you work hard it will pay off.
  • by great Location: augusta on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Great to see positive role models...keep up the good work
  • by Mom Location: Evans on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Well done Mr. Thomas. Keep it up. You have an amazing opportunity and I would seize it if I were you. This kind of thing doesn't happen everyday to just anybody. I look forward to seeing you in some more movies....So, get to work!
  • by wow Location: Augusta on Dec 9, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    Always one idiot in the bunch...he may not have been born here but he was raised here he went to school here and he grew up here so we'll call him one of ours, and besides that it really dont matter where hes from he took the time to come back HERE!
  • by Pat Location: Augusta on Dec 9, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    Love to see positive male role models in the news. It's a great change from seeing young black men in the news killing, robbing, selling drugs every day around here. Blessings to this young man.
  • by TK3 on Dec 9, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    A great gesture on Aaron's part!
  • by wow Location: Augusta on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:20 AM
    This was an awesome story. Its good to see some positive stuff on the news. and I hope this isnt Mr. Aarons' only movie. I have gained respect for him and I hope he goes far, and Now I wanna see this movie. So good luck in every endevour Mr. Aaron, and thanks News 12 for an uplifting story
  • by native??? on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:59 PM
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