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Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson, left, in a scene from “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” a 10-part series debuting Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 p.m. EST Tuesday. The 48-year-old acting veteran felt like there was no reason to meet with O.J. Simpson while preparing for his American Crime Story role.
“I didn’t want to. There was no reason to,” he told People during the FX Winter TCA Press Tour Saturday.
The FX series is based on “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the 1996 nonfiction book by lawyer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Despite the elapsed decades, executive producer Brad Simpson told the Associated Press, the timing is right to contribute to the “endless conversation” about race and justice in America, now dominated by police shootings of African-Americans and ensuing protests.
FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, also stars Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Selma Blair, David Schwinner, Connie Britton, Nathan Lane, and Sarah Paulson.