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Will Smith Plays a Nigerian Forensic Pathologist in NFL Based Movie “Concussion” | Watch the Trailer

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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The first trailer for Will Smith’s latest movie ‘Concussion’ has just been released.

For the NFL based movie, the 46-year-old actor plays immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, “the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.”

The movie also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

‘Concussion’ is set to hit theaters on December 25.

Watch the trailer below.

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39 Comments

  1. mpoita

    September 1, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I love you Will but thats never a Nigerian accent…. you sound more South African.

  2. Nikky

    September 1, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Sounds like he did his homework accent wise. I’ll be watching.

    • Moi

      September 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

      huh??? With that east/south african accent??? He didn’t do any homework here o!

  3. toto

    September 1, 2015 at 5:54 am

    he tried with the accent. its not bad.

    • Gurlbye!

      September 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Gurl bye!!!! Dat accent is very bad!!!! Go and watch videos of the Dr Bennet interviews. Sorry but Will smith was not cut for this role.

      I dont understand why africans always get treated wrong by hollywood. American blacks cant always rep africans, ughhh….wat stops them from finding an african raised talent???

      They always seek out Latin american talents, indian, asian, arab, isreali, etc to play roles ….never africa. Ughhhh!!!

      Gugu mbatha raw will mess up d accent to…..hunnie gudbye!

    • Joke

      November 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Let me tell you. In every sphere Nigerians are watched and subtly or blatantly repressed because they know our potential. If you give us a step, we will take a mile and many especially in the West don’t want us to take a mile…Aside from that, Will Smith’s box office draw is another reason why he is in it. Even though he has had flops, any entity will pay for Will Smith to lead a movie, as for Chiwetel, they’d have to think about it…

  4. Noneofyobiz

    September 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

    They could have gotten either Chiwetel Ejiofor or David Oyelowo to play the lead role. That being said it is nice seeing Will smith pushing his limits as an actor by trying a different accent; it’s good for him as an actor. He would also gross in more money for them as he is a bigger name.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Agbaje is in the movie and they couldn’t use him or at least have him teach Will Smith the accent.
      Hollywood NEVER ever gets the West African accents right: be it Nigerian, Ghanaian or Sierra Leonean or whichever.
      Quite sad.

  5. Kiiki

    September 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

    #OscarAlert!!!!

    But wrong accent though…lol

  6. clementine

    September 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I can’t wait to watch this movie

  7. naijaflo

    September 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Nice movie to watch. Can’t wait.
    naijaflo.com

  8. bruno

    September 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Forensic Pathologist ke? I have never seen or heard of a nigerian who is a Forensic Pathologist.

    the only professions we nigerians do are lawyers and doctors and engineers and bankers.

    Forensic Pathologist, NO.

    • Natu

      September 1, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Hahahaha lol you are hilarious

    • Geebabe

      September 1, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Forensic pathology is a branch of medicine.

    • Gbemi

      September 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Coming from you.. Your statement can be excused because I know you have heard or seen very few successful people

    • sultana

      September 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Haba Gbemi. That’s harsh but I love it 🙂

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Na true Gbemi. Bruno comes across as a proud dolt.

    • Jemstone

      September 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Forensic Pathology is medical sub-speciality. Ergo, a forensic pathologist is also a medical doctor.

    • anon

      September 1, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Seriously?? Kindly do a research and stop flaunting your ignorance.

  9. Salfi

    September 1, 2015 at 9:12 am

    ACCENT IS WRONG! Why??? Am sure it will be a good movie. However they should have given the part to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  10. mx

    September 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    OMG that’s just like my accent,and many people say i dey form Lol….i love this nice to see Nigerians portrayed in best light. We have great Nigerians..thanks will smith

  11. Fabulicious

    September 1, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Uhmmmmm…..this is not how Nigerians speak but hey we will be watching.

  12. aisha

    September 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    i don’t think there is a Nigerian accent! i think there is a yoruba/english accent, an ibo/english accent, an hausa/english accent and all the other wonderful tribes in naija too! so which one is will speaking?!!!

    • Anon

      September 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

      How will you explain that to non-Nigerians? Indeed, there is a Nigerian accent. Even a Togolese won’t be able to drill down accents the way you did. In general, there is a Nigerian accent.

    • Chinco

      September 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Theres a way Nigerians speak english generally, except one is trying to effect a foreign accent, most non nigerians can hear it.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      All those tribes are Nigerian which makes them Nigerian accents. If they really wanted to get the accent right, there are two questions they should have asked: what is his tribe and where did he grow up? That in turn would have given them the accurate NIGERIAN accent to learn.

  13. Anon

    September 1, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Will Smith probably spent time with Dr. Bennet Omalu for this film. Dr. Omalu has an Americanised-Nigerian accent. Perhaps, there in lies the answer….

  14. Xplorenollywood.com

    September 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    The accent might be wrong or whateva, but arent we just excited that a great actor like Will Smith is playing a Nigerian? I saw this information on Yahoo last week and mentioned it on my show. Sony Pictures is not playing and they are pushing it hard. Also asides just playing a Nigerian, it is a Nigerian that went up against the NFL! Do we know how that cabal runs? Biko, lets give them credit for considering that Dr. Omalu’s work is worth creating a movie for!!! I am so looking forward to this. This is the time the State Governor from where Dr. Omalu is from will stand up! LOL.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Hollywood is seriously milking people of colour stories since they have realised how successful they have been. Straight outta compton has broken records same with Empire. It’s like the less white people on screen the higher the revenue these days.

  15. dtruth

    September 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Again they have to undermine us…Why would Will Smith play the lead role with that accent??? No worthy African/Nigerian actor around huh???Ofcourse great movie , great actor but he sounds and looks stupid trying to speak like a Nigerian , just as stupid as some of our nollywood stars when they fake the American accent…. F U Hollywood

  16. amariya

    September 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t think you guys get how marketing works. . Read it slowly. They make movies to make money AND call attention to a cause. This right here is huge and the NFL has been trying to buy their way out of this huge mess with CTE. A movie with the star power of Will Smith will make people look at the mater of how the NFL runs and the lies they have told players and their family. David and Chiwetel don’t have that kind of star power. Put Angelina Jolie in a movie about humanitarian crisis and people pay attention. No other black man carries the kind of weight with hollywood, like Will Smith, especially with human interest stories/real or true life stories, so he was the PERFECT choice, accent or not.

    • Idomagirl

      September 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you!!!! Someone that gets it. None of these people mentioned have Big Willie’s star power….
      Also David Oyelowo played MLK in Selma, last time I checked, he wasn’t African American.

    • Natu

      September 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      You better preach!!! I wanted to comment this morning but I hesitated due the fact that I am not Nigerian and do not have a Nigerian accent. Will smith will definitely bring in the crowd.

  17. Idomagirl

    September 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Is there a single Nigerian accent? I frankly don’t see what the fuss is about.

    • cryingneversolvedanything

      September 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      There is a Nigerian accent. There is a certain way Nigerians pronounce certain words. It maybe not be true for you but you can’t rule out the majority. Britain wouldn’t find it funny if an American acted as them but had an accent outside of one of theirs, regardless of the fact that a person from Liverpool sounds completely different from Londoner.

      So yes, we have the right to complain.

  18. Tyrone

    September 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Igbo Kwenu!. As usual.

  19. cryingneversolvedanything

    September 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Some Nigerians are forever saying that there is no specific Nigerian accent. However, you guys tend to forget that a New Yorker and a Texan do not sound the same. Novertheless, they do have a certain way they pronounce certain words. Same goes for the Nigerian accent.

  20. Majestic!

    September 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Of course there is a single Nigerian accent..We have that generalised way of pronouncing words..south Africans have different languages but also have a central accent irrespective of the ethnic group…

  21. Yes?

    September 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    If they have to play a Nigerian character, let them use a Nigerian actor and get acquainted with the Nigerian ways.. I remember the movie Tears of The Sun portraying the Nigerian Biafra war and they were chanting South African freedom songs. That is very bad

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