It’s been twenty years since Judge Lance Ito handed down the “not guilty” O.J. verdict. I still find The Trial of The Century intriquing. At the time the trial coverage was exhausting but riveting. Inescapable. But I was hooked on the trial.
Certainly enough time has passed for a made-for-TV-movie of the Goldman/Simpson/OJ case to be worth watching. Well, here ya go; American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson limited 10-part series, premieres February 2nd on FX.
Get this for casting: Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J., John Travolta as attorney Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as O.J.’s best buddy and member of his legal team, Robert Kardashian.
Variety has posted a review of the 10-part project. Safe to say, there’s no need to post any spoiler alerts.
Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry says John Travolta “is simply awful in the role. Yes, Shapiro spoke in stiff, measured tones, but the actor’s overly mannered line readings turn the attorney into a buffoon, in sharp contrast to the more nuanced portrayals around him.”
For the record, I think there’s some compelling information in this theory about O.J.’s son, Jason Simpson. Why was he never considered a suspect or at least an accomplice to murder?