The NFL can and does censor an awful lot of what its players do and say. It's a multi-billion dollar corporation centered around putting the biggest, strongest men on Earth in body armor and throwing them at one another, so you almost expect them to get tough with employees who threaten the company's livelihood. When it comes to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the NFL's censorship extends even to doctors.
Will Smith's newest movie -- based on a 2009 GQ article about concussions and CTE -- looks to expose the National Football League's refusal to accept the early onset of dimentia (and increased risk of suicide) brought about by repeated brain trauma. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose finds evidence of CTE in two NFL players who later killed themselves.
The rest of the cast ain't too shabby, either...
Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu
Albert Brooks as Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD
Alec Baldwin as Dr. Julian Bailes
Paul Reiser as Dr. Elliot Pellman
David Morse as Mike Webster
Mike O'Malley as Daniel Sullivan
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Dave Duerson
Arliss Howard as Dr. Joseph Maroon
Eme Ikwuakor as Amobi Okoye
Luke Wilson as Roger Goodell
(Yes, that's Luke Wilson as commissioner Roger Goodell.)
"Concussion" is set for release on December 25, 2015. The trailer, below.
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