Actor and emcee Will Smith latest project almost didn’t happen.
His latest film, Concussion, the Philadelphia rapper portrays Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu who confronts the National Football League about the dangers of head trauma its players faced.
He explains his hesitancy to accept the role because of his love for football.
“I’m a football dad. So for me, it was a beautiful screenplay, but it opened up a huge conflict for me.”
Besides being a Philadelphia Eagles fan, Smith’s oldest son, Trey, played football in high school at Oaks Christian School.
“During that time I had never heard about the concussion issue at all,” he says. “It was part of what really inspired me and made me want to do the film, forced me to have to do the film was because as a parent, I had no idea. I had no idea that there was an issue with repetitive trauma in football. It was quite a revelation.”
Check out this candid moment from the Hollywood Reporter on his role in Concusion
Concussion is due out in theaters December 25th.