Concussion centers on Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovered that football injuries which originated from repeated hits to the head could lead to early-onset dementia. His 2002 findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on late NFL football player Mike Webster was not exactly met with open arms, especially since the NFL is arguably America’s most popular sport.
“It really plays into my strong suits when I can talk to the person,” said Smith. “It’s much more terrifying (with) the end product because you know one day you’re going to be sitting in the movie with person while you butcher their life (laughs)! It’s terrifying in that sense.”
Thanks to his work in Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith is comfortable playing real life character. By spending a healthy share of time with Omalu and realizing the spiritual approach the doctor took to his profession, Smith found his way into the role and the narrative.
Click on the media bar below to hear Will Smith talk about meeting Dr. Bennet Omalu in preparation for Concussion.
Co-starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Alec Baldwin, Concussion opens Christmas Day.
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