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Cuba Gooding Jr. Is 'Relieved' American Crime Story: People v. O.J. Simpson Has Concluded: 'I Was in a Dark Place with It'

Originally posted 04/08/2016 10:35AM

Taking on the role of O.J. Simpson for American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was no easy task for Cuba Gooding Jr. – and now he's simply glad it's over.

The Oscar-winning actor attended the 5th Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund Thursday in Los Angeles – just two days after the hit series concluded with a powerful finale – and opened up about how he feels now that the show has finally concluded.

"Relieved," he told reporters at the event. "[I'm] working on the fact that I'm trying to just process that mentality from my frame of mind."

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Issues a Breakdancing Challenge to Channing Tatum on The Late Late Show

Originally posted 03/29/2016 11:30AM

We knew James Corden can sing – but did you know he can also bust out some serious moves?

On Monday's episode of The Late Late Show, the talk show host proved just how jiggy with it he can get during a dance battle with his guest Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Defends American Crime Story Airing the N-Word: 'Our Job as Artists Is to Reflect the Ills of Society'

Originally posted 03/09/2016 08:35AM

Playing O.J. Simpson defense attorney F. Lee Bailey in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Nathan Lane called the n-word "the most powerful word in the English language" – and gleefully threatened to "impale" Det. Mark Fuhrman, who discovered key evidence at the crime scene but allegedly had a history of using the racist epithet.

During Tuesday night's episode, Bailey asked Fuhrman (Steven Pasquale) on the stand if he'd used the slur in the past 10 years, repeating the word multiple times – just as he did in real life as stunned Americans watched the proceedings on TV.

Cuba Gooding Jr. tells PEOPLE he stands by the show not censoring the controversial term.

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Inside Leo's Big Night Out: DiCaprio Parties with Revenant Costars After BAFTAs Sweep

Originally posted 02/15/2016 10:40AM

Leonardo DiCaprio had reason to celebrate after The Revenant ruled the BAFTA Awards Sunday night.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Hopes O.J. Simpson Will 'See Some Truth' in His Portrayal of the Infamous Athlete

Originally posted 02/11/2016 02:45PM

Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. hopes O.J. Simpson will see an accurate reflection of himself in FX's hit series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and find peace in the portrayal.

"Hopefully he'll see some truth in it," the actor tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.

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UpdatePosted 02/09/2016 01:15PM

How Does Cuba Gooding Jr. Think O.J. Simpson Will React to American Crime Story?

Originally posted 02/03/2016 02:00PM

What would O.J. Simpson, the primary subject of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, think of the new series?

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."

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Why American Crime Story Star Cuba Gooding Jr. Thinks O.J. Simpson Has CTE

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).

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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

Does Cuba Gooding Jr. get O.J. Simpson right on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson? According to Simpson's former business manager, he does not.

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."

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