Will Smith believed the film Concussion would have made more of an impact into the way people view football and head injuries, he tells Vanity Fair.
“I thought Concussion would have a bigger impact,” Smith said. “I knew it would be hard because people love the game, but the science is so overwhelming, and it’s something that we really need to take a look at,” he said. “I thought that people would get behind the mission of that. I was surprised that people were absolutely like, “Nope, I’m not stopping watching football, so I don’t want to know.”
In the movie, Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who helped discover CTE and linked it to football-specific head trauma after performing autopsies on deceased Steelers players.
The film earned $48 million in the box office and did not earn any Oscar nominations.