This 2015 movie is the first example of a Will Smith flick that could’ve been great, but certain elements made it fall short of classic status. The movie tells the fascinating story of real-life Dr. Bennet Omalu who takes on the NFL for trying to suppress his research about brain degeneration caused by football play.
Aside from a few story improvements, the movie was almost perfect.
The only issue is Dr. Bennet Omalu is a dark-skinned Nigerian-American who looks nothing like Will Smith. Once again, Will seemed to snag a role he could’ve easily given to the burgeoning Nigerian actors coming out at the time (Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, etc.).
But nope, we had to endure Smith’s faux accent, despite a commendable performance.
Make room for the darker shades Will! Dang.