Order in the court!
From the high-profile subject material, to the AH-Mazing casting, to the real-world connections with current celebs like the Kardashians and Real Housewives, ACS is shaping up to be the most intriguing new show of 2016!
True-crime stories like Making a Murderer, Serial, and The Jinx are as popular as ever, so what does the all-star cast of Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, and David B. Vance have to say about preparing for such a well-known piece of pop culture/American history?
Luckily for all interested, the quintet sat down with The Hollywood Reporter — issue out Wednesday — to discuss what it’s like preparing for the O.J. Simpson retrial.
We already heard what David had to say about the Kardashian kids wanting to meet with him — on camera, of course — but what do the other main castmates have to say about relating to their roles?
Cuba on rooting for O.J. back when the trial first took place:
“There was one day after filming that I went to my trailer and I couldn’t stop crying because I realized I never [even considered the loss] for the Goldman or Brown family. Back then, I was just so relieved that another black man got away from the injustice that was the LAPD. I was just so relieved that they didn’t screw us over again.”
Courtney on Johnnie Cochran’s aptitude for representing O.J.:
“Unlike others, who got surprised by the moment and found themselves trying to catch up, Johnnie recognized that this case was absolutely about race and not about anything else, and his whole professional life to that point had been about that.”
Sarah on talking to her feminist counterpoint Marcia Clark after taping had wrapped:
“I just said, ‘I want you to know how much I revere your mind and the sacrifices you made for your family,’ ” says the actress, revealing that they share a mutual friend who’d relayed early on that Clark was complimentary of Paulson’s casting. “The amount of scrutiny that Marcia had to endure based on her physical appearance was horrifying, and I told her I thought she handled it with such grace. Then I asked if she’d be open to having dinner or a drink with me.
John on being a bit nervous about tackling Ryan Murphy’s latest project:
“I was worried at first that, wittingly or unwittingly, it would be sensational… but [Ryan and Nina Jacobson] assured me that it was about much more than just the sensation of what happened; and when I read the scripts, I saw that they were right.”
And in case you had any reservations about the cast… all five of the leads were Ryan’s initial picks to play the coveted roles.
In fact, David, Cuba, Sarah, and Courtney were the only actors to ever even see their scripts!
But as is the case for all Ryan Murphy projects, he already has his sights set on Season Two, saying:
“I want this show to be a socially conscious, socially aware examination of different types of crime around the world. And in my opinion, [Hurricane] Katrina was a f*cking crime, a crime against a lot of people who didn’t have a strong voice, and we’re going to treat it as a crime. That’s what this show is all about.”
While not as literal as the O.J. trial, we’re confident he’ll be able to pull it off! Sorry to burst any bubbles of fans hoping for a Manson season!
Although, we’ll save our optimism on a potential third season for a later time…
Make sure to catch Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Connie Britton, Selma Blair, Jordana Brewster, and Nathan Lane when The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story premieres Wednesday, February 2 on FX!
[Image via Miller Mobley/Hollywood Reporter.]