Watch: Conversations with Will Smith on ‘Concussion’ and the Research That He Did for His Role

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One of the numerous controversies centered around this year’s Academy Awards nominations was whether or not Will Smith deserved a nomination for portraying Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who has done research on the brains of football players, in Concussion. While some felt Smith was snubbed, others pointed out that aside from a Golden Globe nomination Smith did not receive any nominations for other major awards and the film itself received only average reviews from credits.  Regardless, the role marked a significant challenge for Smith. Viewers can determine the quality of Smith’s performance themselves now that Concussion is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

In this conversation presented by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation moderated by Jenelle Riley of Variety, Smith speaks in-depth on his preparation for the role, including the amount of research that he did to play Dr. Omalu.

You can watch the full conversation in the video above.

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...)For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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