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Will Smith Honored at Variety Brunch by ‘Concussion’ Doctor

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Will Smith and Dr. Bennet Omalu attend Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors To Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2016 in Palm Springs, California.
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The real-life inspiration behind Will Smith's lastest film project, Concussion, honored the actor with the Variety's Creative Impact Award at a Palm Springs brunch on Sunday.

Variety reports that Dr. Bennet Omalu thanked the star for telling his story and bringing his findings to life.

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"He stole my soul from me," he said. "I came away from the film thinking Will Smith was me.”

Smith, who notes himself as a football dad, said when he first read the script he was weary of taking on the role.

"When I got that screenplay, I was concerned," he stated. But he added because “Omalu just wanted to tell the truth" he felt the need to become a part of the project in order to "deliver the truth."

Concussion tells the story of the Nigerian doctor who identified a medical connection between NFL players and the brain trauma disease, CTE.