Will Smith is poised for another hit film — and a possible Oscar nomination — when his film Concussion hits theaters later this month, but one person who won't be buying a ticket is Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.
Asked if he plans to see the drama, which chronicles Dr. Bennet Omalu's discovery of the negative effect playing football has on the brain, Sapp responded, “I’m not going to see the new Concussion movie because I saw the first one, League of Denial."
He continues, "That’s the one that they need to play, because it’s not Will Smith, it’s not an actor, it’s the actual guy who did the research, who looked CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] up, who found it, who brought this to the forefront, and who was run across the country by the NFL because they thought he was a witch doctor," he said. "Now... it’s proven, it’s fact. A movie is what we’re talking about? A movie? Really? You know, a movie ain’t real.”
The film Sapp is talking about, League of Denial, is a documentary about Omalu's work, which is very damning to the NFL (allegedly, even the film Concussion has the league incredibly nervous).
While he agrees that a movie with Will Smith will attract attention to the CTE issue and the consequences of playing football, he believes it only glorifies and dramatizes the violence, rather than take a deep dive into the harmfulness of CTE.
Will Smith’s Concussion will open on Christmas Day.
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