Sony Softened 'Concussion' To Not Piss Off the NFL

September 3, 2015

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Well, Concussion doesn't hit theaters until Christmas, but already there's word that it won't be anywhere near as hard-hitting as the football players giving each other concussions.

The film stars Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life forensic neuropathologist who first discovered the serious longterm and even deadly effects of repeated head injury from professional football. As shown in the movie's just-released first trailer, when Omalu tried to publicize his findings, he came up against opposition from the NFL, who are some real a-hole villains.

But according to the New York Times, that villainy has been toned down quite a bit to avoid "kicking the hornet's nest" that is the National Football League. The paper has found some leaked Sony emails that describe how a lawyer took "most of the bite" out of the film "for legal reasons with the NFL."

"'Unflattering moments for the NFL' were deleted or changed," it's said.

For now, it seems the most real, truthful film about the effects of football head trauma is still almost any interview with a football player.

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