For Will Smith, Hollywood Drama ‘Concussion’ Is Personal

LOS ANGELES— Hollywood star Will Smith deals with football-related brain trauma in "Concussion", a sports drama which has already drawn some controversy ahead of its release.

The film tells the story of Nigerian-born forensic pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, who diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, in U.S. football players.

In September, the New York Times reported Sony Pictures Entertainment executives had altered the movie's script to avoid antagonizing the National Football League (NFL). It said marketing plans were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower rather than a condemnation of the sport.

Sony at the time said the newspaper's story had contained "many misleading references" and that nothing had been "softened" in the movie to placate anyone. The NFL declined to comment on the report but said it was encouraged by the focus on player health and safety. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE


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