Philadelphia-born Will Smith nails a Nigerian English accent in “Concussion,” the movie expected to sack the National Football League when it hits theaters Christmas Day.

Will Smith in 2012. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Will Smith in 2012. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who raised alarms about head trauma after looking at NFL players’ brains.

Recently, Smith said: “I don’t think [the movie is] going to generate too much controversy [with the NFL]. There will be a little difficulty in swallowing it, as it was for me. I’m a football dad, you know.”

During a red carpet interview at the Hollywood Film Awards, Smith said: “You don’t want it to be true. I think that the science is really irrefutable and the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu is such a powerful story. I think that it will be difficult at first for some, but I don’t think that it’s going to be that big of an issue. It’s something that we have to accept.”

Men’s Journal noted that people can view the trailer “or just wait to see the movie when it opens Christmas Day, after nearly 90 percent of this NFL season’s games will have been played and more than 100 athletes, on average, will have already suffered concussions. It still looks pretty good.”

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