Movies don't always have to be about the box office earnings alone.
Its good to see Hollywood actors desiring their movies to make a positive impact in the lives of their audiences.
Actor Will Smith had expected the 2015 movie Concussion,” in which he plays a pathologist who exposes the truth about traumatic brain injuries in National Football League players, would lead to serious change in the sport.
It didn't quite happen as he had hoped.
Instead, alarming scientific research that the movie highlighted went largely overlooked, which Smith said came as a surprise, he told Vanity Fair. And the revelations in this movie are thought provoking and often hair raising.
“I thought ‘Concussion’ would have a bigger impact,” Smith told the magazine. “I knew it would be hard because people love the game, but the science is so overwhelming, and it’s something that we really need to take a look at.”
“I thought that people would get behind the mission of that,” he added. “I was surprised that people were absolutely like, ‘Nope, I’m not stopping watching football, so I don’t want to know."
But some progress is being made in terms of enlightenment.
Here is a statement of one if 70 former NFL players who were invited to a private screening of the movie:
"I watch this movie and I know we were paid to hurt people,” former linebacker Keith McCants told Sports Illustrated at the time. "We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey."
Long overlooked. The documented statistics of the effects of CTE on football players is quite disturbing.
Last year, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found that 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players suffered from CTE, “Frontline” reported. Additionally, 131 of 165 individuals who played football at any level ― professionally, semi-professionally, in college or in high school ― tested positive.
So far the NFL only gave a small and insignificant acknowledgement of the connection between football and the brain disorder CTE.