Will Smith stars in Concussion movie

Star plays the doctor who discovered a link between football injuries and early-onset dementia that could lead to death; a film that could anger NFL.

Concussion centers on Dr Bennet Omalu (Smith), the Nigerian forensic pathologist and neuropathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players, who take countless blows to the head playing the sport. Omalu made the discovery after performing an autopsy on former Steelers center Mike Webster (played by David Morse in the movie). Because of Omalu’s findings, other players who have endured a history of head trauma have been found to suffer from the same progressive degenerative brain disease. Director, Peter Landesman likened football to “smoking, drinking and doing drugs” in a recent interview with the Monday Morning Quarterback. “I like to think in some ways that life is an occupational hazard,” he said. “Something we do in our life is going to kill us; maybe now, maybe 50 years from now.” To Landesman, Concussion is a “story about making adult choices”. The film opens in the US on Christmas Day, just as the NFL gears up for the playoffs.
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