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Cuba Gooding Jr.
Originally posted 02/09/2016 11:00PM
Originally posted 02/03/2016 02:00PM
The former NFL pro has remained silent on the matter, but actor Cuba Gooding Jr. – who portrays Simpson in the FX show documenting the famous 1994 murder trial – isn't quite sure.
"I would hope he would find some identification of some truth as he knew it back then and that he would eventually find redemption and healing," Gooding Jr. told PEOPLE Now before the show's premiere. "And I'm not saying that he's guilty or innocent, but I hope that, you know, anybody who watches this finds a better understanding."
Originally posted 02/05/2016 04:25PM
Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays O.J. Simpson on the new FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, believes the former football star might suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
O.J. Simpson's Former Business Manager Blasts Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Portrayal in American Crime Story: 'That's Not O.J.'
Originally posted 02/04/2016 10:55AM
In fact, Norman Pardo called Gooding Jr.'s portrayal of Simpson on the new FX series "kind of silly" during an appearance on Good Morning America Thursday, two days after the show premiered.
"I'm sure he's a very nice guy and all, but he's definitely not like O.J. Simpson," Pardo said. "They never consulted, I don't think, anybody from O.J.'s side to explain that that's not O.J. It doesn't even even sound like him."
Originally posted 02/03/2016 12:10PM
But when cameras weren't rolling, he went by another name entirely: Butt Naked.
Asked about his favorite moment bonding with the The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story cast, Courtney B. Vance (who plays defense attorney Johnnie Cochran) told PEOPLE, "I think the dancing that went on in between shots, and Cuba taking his clothes off as he is wont to do, taking every opportunity to get Butt Naked, which is what his nickname is."
Originally posted 02/03/2016 09:50AM
Faye Resnick made quite the impression in Tuesday's The People v. O.J. Simpson premiere, with Connie Britton playing the close friend of the late Nicole Brown Simpson.
The Best Moments from the The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Premiere, as Told in GIFs
Originally posted 02/03/2016 12:15AM
Cuba Gooding Jr. Recalls Watching That 'Horrifying' Bronco Chase: 'I Thought, at Any Minute I'm Going to Watch O.J. Simpson Blow His Brains Out'
Originally posted 02/02/2016 11:20PM
On June 17, 1994, O.J. Simpson slipped out of his Los Angeles mansion into a white Ford Bronco with a gun to his head, forcing his former teammate to drive him down the highway in what became the most infamous police chase of the century.
The football standout famous for his long rushes on the field was suspected of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, and for two hours, Americans were glued to their TVs watching the low-speed pursuit.
Originally posted 02/02/2016 10:00PM
You can make a similar distinction when discussing legal circuses and celebrity meltdowns. The O.J. Simpson murder trial, a public narrative that delivered a series of sensational jolts from start to finish, consistently falls into the second camp. Everything veers to the right side of the ellipses – the sensational side, the side that goes too far, almost to the improbable.
The case, which ended with the acquittal of Simpson on two counts of murder, was referred to as "The Trial of the Century" – the last one – and within the first hour of FX's superb The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, you'll remember why. Or, if you weren't around for the white Bronco highway chase, Kato Kaelin (no, that's not the name of a minor character in the new Star Wars) or the astonishing moment when the glove didn't fit, you'll learn why.
There are trials of the century … and there are trials of the century.
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