For one thing, the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman — whom O.J. Simpson was famously acquitted of murdering back in 1994 — are afraid that the FX show won’t respect their lost loved ones, especially considering the victims won’t even be portrayed.
Nicole’s sister Tanya Brown recently spoke to People about her concerns, saying:
“They didn’t take the families into consideration. Who is defending my sister?”
Ron’s father, Fred Goldman, also told the publication that he was worried the upcoming drama would affect the public’s opinion of the actual events, saying:
“You are going to have people basing their beliefs on a movie. Last time I checked, we don’t rely on movies for facts.”
We can’t even imagine what they’ve been through, so obviously their concerns are completely valid.
With that said, Cuba Gooding, Jr., who plays the scandalized sports star in the limited series, told E! News that his intentions for taking the part were purely artistic, saying:
“I just hope that they find some peace because I can’t imagine what they’re going through. You know, when I signed on to this project, it was because Ryan Murphy was doing it and I want to work with real filmmakers and that first and foremost was my reasoning for accepting this role.”
In fact, the acclaimed actor admitted that he’s actually rejected the role in the past, explaining:
“Prior to this offering, I had an offer to do a film based on O.J.’s innocence and I passed.
So, here I am. So, I don’t pretend to try to understand what any of this means to either the Goldmans or the Browns, but I’m an actor. I was asked to do a role. Hopefully I brought some truth to it and that will help in the process of understanding the circus that was this time in America.
I want people to know that we had the best intentions to bring our artistry to the lives and the events surrounding that trial and the personalities that were surrounding it as well.”
Seems pretty reasonable enough to us.
Although, we won’t know how Nicole and Ron are actually treated until The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story premieres Tuesday, February 2 at 10 p.m. EST on FX.
Will U be tuning in??