a Nigerian forensic neuropathologist who “single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public." That's from Jeanne Marie Laskas' 2009 GQ article the film is based on; you should 100 percent read it.
So Will Smith's doing an accent, blending into the skin of a real-life man the way he did, stunningly, in 2001's Ali and 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness. And he'll get a third Oscar nomination—the first two were, yup, Ali and Happyness—as guaranteed by that final scene in the Concussion trailer.
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