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Will Smith disappointed Concussion failed to spark change in the NFL

Will Smith wanted his movie Concussion to have a bigger impact on National Football League.
The 2015 sports drama is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Smith, who fought to prove repeated blows to the head while playing football resulted in athletes in the U.S. developing the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE is associated with memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression, and dementia, according to Boston University.
Smith said he was surprised the alarming scientific research highlighted in the movie was so largely ignored by football fans.
“I thought Concussion would have a bigger impact,” the 48-year-old told Vanity Fair. “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 hoped the film would lead to a serious change in American football, and was sorely disappointed when that did not happen.
“I thought that people would get behind the mission of that,” he added. “I was surprised that people were absolutely like, ‘Nope, I’m not stopping watching football, so I don’t want to know.’”
However, not all fans were unwilling to accept the message of the serious health risks facing football players in the U.S. Former CIA director David Petraeus bumped into Smith recently, and revealed his wife had forced him to watch Concussion, with positive results.
“I saw Petraeus randomly a couple months ago, and he said, ‘Listen, I just watched Concussion. My wife made me watch it; I didn’t wanna watch it. I had refused to watch it. That’s the best movie you ever made.’ That was the first time that someone had actually, specifically said they didn’t want the pain of watching it,” Will shared.
The father-of-three hasn’t let the disappointing impact of Concussion break his spirit, and joked audiences were happy to see him kill a dog in I Am Legend, but refused to accept him highlighting the serious health injuries in American football.
“I got away with choking a dog to death – but you are not gonna choke football,” he laughed.

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