One day ahead of the nationwide premiere of Will Smith’s newest film Concussion, Sony Pictures has announced that it’s providing all current and former NFL players and their families with the opportunity to see the movie free of charge so long as they show their NFLPA cards.
The movie, which has already earned Smith a Best Actor Award from the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), stars the Fresh Prince as Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu who approaches the National Football League with information about the dangers of football-related brain damage.
The film’s producers, Ridley and Giannina Scott, explained why Sony is compensating the ballers’ viewing pleasure.
“This is a movie for the players, so we wanted to give them a chance to see it before its nationwide release and free admission during its run in theaters. The movie is so inspiring – Will Smith gives one of the best performances of his career as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a man who shined a light on the truth. The odds were stacked against him, but he had the truth on his side, and now, his discovery is all anyone’s talking about. We think the players will enjoy watching this movie about Dr. Omalu’s incredible courage – courage that changed the game.”
The New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis has already taken the studio up on its offer and attended the New York City screening of the film. Revis, who missed two games after suffering two concussions of his own last month, discussed the movie’s educational value.
“It makes you think about other things, but at the same time, I think I’ve still got a lot of football to play. But you never know with these things. This is something serious,” he said.