Is it just us, or is The Fresh Prince starting to sound a bit crazy as he gets older?
Will Smith, now 48, played the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu in the 2015 film Concussion. Omalu is not a fictional character though, he’s the real-life doctor who discovered CTE, a disease affecting the brain of many pro athletes (especially football players) who have suffered repeated blows the head. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Smith said he thought that the movie would have a greater impact after fans realized just how far the NFL had gone to ignore the problem and even deny it existed for many years.
“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. 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.'”
Will (can we call you Will?), listen up. Concussion was a fine movie and you should be proud of it. But if you thought you could do something to make America less interested in the NFL, you are legit crazy. This is a league that has (and still does, in some cases) employed people accused of rape, murder, domestic violence, and numerous drug offenses. If that didn’t turn off the general public, a dramatized movie about brain injuries won’t do it either. The NFL is a juggernaut that can’t be stopped, and you were foolish for thinking otherwise.
Concussion didn’t make the desired impact at the box office either, as the it brought in just $48 million in ticket sales compared to an estimated $35 million budget. The NFL basically ignored the film, although they continue to make tweaks to the rulebook in an effort to make the game safer.