“American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson” premiered on FX yesterday night in America. The show gives an account of the O.J. Simpson trial, dubbed as the trial of the century. Entertainment Weekly reports that the show is based on the book, “The Run of His Life” by Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin was also consulted for the show.
According to People.com, Nicole Brown’s best friend Kris Jenner hoped it will put domestic violence in the spotlight. “Whether you think O.J. is guilty or innocent, the facts do show that there was domestic violence in the home,” she told People.com. “That’s a matter of record. He knows it, she knew it. A lot of people have forgotten that and they need to be reminded.”
The Economist points that the retelling of the most famous trial was not easy and visual as well as factual accuracy was clearly a primary concern for the producers. According to The Economist, Tthe show challenges viewers’ loyalties throughout, repeatedly putting forward a question of Mr. Simpson’s guilt. O.J. Simpson was eventually acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman.
O.J. Simpson is in jail on another count. He is imprisoned for a 2008 gunpoint robbery in Nevada. When questioned whether he will be able to watch the show, the authorities replied in negative, telling People.com that FX was not available on jail televisions. However, his former business manager, Norman Pardo told People.com that Simpson is not looking forward to the miniseries. He further continued that there is a possibility of the channel (FX) being made available. “[Prison officials] will find a way to bring it into the prison just to torture him. They’ll figure out a way to let him watch it – anything that will make him look bad or feel bad,” he said.
“American Crime Story: The People vs O.J Simpson” stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Sterling K. Brown as prosecutor Christopher Darden, Nathan Lane as defence lawyer F. Lee Bailey, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, a friend, lawyer and part of Mr. Simpson’s legal team.