Yesha Callahan

Watch Will Smith & Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gripping First Look at ‘Concussion’

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This Christmas Will Smith returns to theaters in a gripping new drama that will make the National Football League nervous.

In Concussion, Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic pathologist whose autopsies of former Pittsburgh Steelers players led to the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a “progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma.” Omalu’s findings forced the NFL to admit years of hard hits, concussions, and mistreatment had a serious effect on many of its players.

Concussion also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard T. Jones, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Luke Wilson, Albert Brooks, and Alec Baldwin. It hits theaters this Christmas.

Take a look at the newly-released trailer & tell us what you think.

  1. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    I would have preferred if they would have gotten actual African actors in the movie. LUpita would have been great but I guess she’s not what Hollywood is looking for in a leading lady, even starring opposite a black leading man.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @constance

      Unfortunately, it is still taboo in Hollywood for that to happen.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @constance

      From his choice of past leading ladies, I would say Lupita is not what Hollywood OR Will Smith is looking for in a leading lady..

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @sandisays

        I remember reading WS prefers black women in his movies, but the execs pair him with racially ambiguous women. Focus was the first movie I’d seen where his love interest was white. (I don’t count Bad Boys because he was still a playboy and showed no interest in Julie).

        • September 1, 2015 - Reply

          @itsawonderfulworld

          Interesting that this would be the same Will Smith whom his wife Jada spoke so admiringly about at an Essence Awards luncheon a few years ago, as being so dynamic when it came to negotiating with Hollywood execs – maybe his dynamism has its limits. It is a fact though, that the more sucessful Will Smith became in movie terms, the lighter the actresses he has partnered with. I’m more inclined to believe that certain black actors (Will Smith included) have no interest in pitching a tent on certain battlefields. But know exactly what explanation is needed to be put out there, to appease a certain sector of their fan base.

          • September 1, 2015 - Reply

            @sandisays

            I don’t disagree that they’ve been lighter, just pointing out that he’s more than likely requested them black…just not being granted.

            • September 1, 2015 - Reply

              @itsawonderfulworld

              I doubt that very much , Black men in Hollywood do not stand up for the racism or colorism practiced against black women in fact they often help perpetuate it
              Many of then think having a black romantic partner will limit their movie to a ” black movie ” and hence detract from its crossover appeal and success
              It is alleged that Will specifically requested Eva Mendez as his romantic lead in Hitch

              • September 6, 2015 - Reply

                @blogdiz

                Clutch never posted my comment, but what you’ve posted is incorrect in reference to your last sentence. If you Google you’d know the details on what Will Smith said about the casting for “Hitch.” It’s well documented. While I don’t doubt that there are Black men who aren’t interested in ensuring black women are in black films, Will Smith isn’t one.

                SN: I wonder how people feel about Jesse Williams, who does use his platform to discuss black issues, on Grey’s Anatomy being (fictionally) married to a white woman on a show produced by a black woman. (I’m aware of the plot line, btw.)

  2. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    looks interesting

  3. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    I’ll give it to him for learning the accent, but were Nigerians occupied during the casting call (nevermind the fact that the real doctor is 20 shades darker and half a foot shorter than Will)? I know these types of movies need big names to get the crowd b/c a lot of folks aren’t really into exposes and movies that border on politicking, but it even sounded like the bi-racial woman was sporting an accent too (i’m guessing she picked it up from her South African father). Were no actual Nigerians available?

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I noticed that too. Will Smith is looks absolutely nothing like the real Dr. Omaru. My choice to play him would have been David Oyelewu who played MLK, he’s actually Nigerian.

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @constance

        He would’ve been perfect. Close enough in looks too.

  4. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    The trailer looks interesting. The problem of brain damage done to football players is a real problem. I find it really horrible how many NFL leaders have tried to deny the reality of CTE for years. The movie looks very interesting. It would have been great for Nigerian actors and actresses to be in the film in order for accuracy to improve.That would have made the film better and give credit to Africans who put this issue in the forefront, so lives can be saved. Nevertheless, the trailer is stirring and strong. Also, the issue of football players having CTE should be addressed.

  5. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    I’m not going to get mad they didn’t cast a Nigerian in the this role; the lead in Selma wasn’t African-American…I hope this movie does well and that the public is more receptive of Will Smith, especially after Focus.

  6. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Why didn’t they cast that Oyelewu from Selma or the other guy from 12 Years A Slave?

  7. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    We don’t own Hollywood whites so and they believe in curse of ham Mormonism so it has nothing to do with us but because Hollywood perpetuates this racism and desperate black men do a log of black women are going to start bleaching
    Sad fact

  8. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    A lot will start bleaching

    #life

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