• Will Smith Hasn't Watched a Full Football Game Since Making 'Concussion'
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    Jordan Zakarin

    Will Smith Hasn't Watched a Full Football Game Since Making 'Concussion'

    Will Smith at a screening of ‘Concussion’ (Getty Images)

  • Will Smith Tackles the NFL in Hard-Hitting 'Concussion' Trailer
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    Jordan Zakarin

    Will Smith Tackles the NFL in Hard-Hitting 'Concussion' Trailer

    The new Will Smith drama Concussion will be screened at the AFI Fest in LA next week. In anticipation, online audiences were treated to a full-length trailer for the Dec. 25 drama about the real-life doctor who sent professional football into crisis mode with his findings about head trauma. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu in director Peter Landesman’s film, which is based on a 2009 GQ article about the Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who discovered the link between the brutal nature of football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a crippling brain disease. As the trailer shows, Omalu’s research was spurred by the 2002 suicide of former Pittsburgh Steelers star Mike Webster (played in the movie by David Morse), whose post-playing life was marked by mental illness and financial destitution.

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