You know a role has got a hold on you when you have to avoid one of America’s favourite game’s, Football, so you don’t have to go through the real life experience of what transpired in the movie.
This is the current state of actor, Will Smith, who admits that he has not seen a complete football game ever since he started filming the movie.
Will Smith played the role of the Nigerian doctor, Omalu, and now acknowledges that he has tried to avoid watching football since making Concussion, his new movie about the tragic link between the physical sport and life-threatening brain injuries.
I haven’t seen a whole game,” he told Yahoo Movies. “I walk through the airport and I’ll see something, or I’ll see a play on the news. It’s really stressful now. It definitely created a conflict for me. It’s still beautiful, it’s still America’s favorite game. That doesn’t change at all. It just has another side, that once you see and once you know and once you understand, you can’t not see.”
This must be really hard for Big Willy, who is known to be a staunch supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles and has been actively involved in several Super Bowl festivities. But he has been careful to avoid completely smearing the National Football League during his promotion of the movie. Although it’s not like that is going to have much effect anyways, because I’m sure no movie is strong enough to turn us against football.
However, while Concussion has not pulled in huge numbers in the cinemas. Will Smith has already received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the movie directed by Peter Landesman.
Concussion is based on a 2009 GQ true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered Chronic Trumatic Encephalopathy known as CTE. Omalu helped publicize the degenerative brain condition and its prevalence among former NFL players.
The movie lays more emphasis on the NFL’s attempt to stonewall and discredit Omalu and his colleagues, including doctors played by Albert Brooks and Alec Baldwin. The league held firm as the number of former brain-damaged players piled up even when it agreed to a massive $765 million payout to former players. Former players alleged that the league covered up its knowledge of CTE for years, and the NFL made sure that it would not have to disclose internal files related to what it knew about CTE.
CTE is a progressive degenerative disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma including symptomatic concussions as well as sub-concussive hits to the head which do not cause immediate symptoms. CTE has been mostly found in athletes participating in American Football, Wrestling, Boxing, Ice Hockey and other contact sports.