A diehard football fan, Smith was unsure about portraying someone who essentially went to war with the National Football League in the drama from writer/director Peter Landesman (Parkland). “I got the screenplay, I read it, and was deeply conflicted,” the actor recently told EW. “I wasn’t excited to be the guy that gave this information, in the cinematic version, to the world.”
But after meeting the forensic pathologist, he ultimately was convinced to sign on. “At that point, the story took on broader proportions,” Smith says. “It became not a movie about concussions; it became, to me, a movie about a man who believed that we are, as Americans, what we say we are.”
To hear more from Smith, watch the video above. Concussion gets a theatrical release on Dec. 25.