What Cuba Gooding Jr. says about O.J. Simpson being innocent or guilty

The actor says he had to embrace a certain mentality when filming The People vs. O.J. Simpson.

As The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story continues to maintain its serious popularity, the notorious murder investigation of the ‘90s is resurfacing in conversations everywhere.

American Crime Story notably hasn’t taken a stance on whether Simpson is innocent or guilty. But on Monday’s Late Late Show, host James Corden posed an interesting question to Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays Simpson: “Do you have to decide in your head what you think happened to fully realize the character?”

“As artists, it’s dangerous when you deitize or demonize a character that you’re portraying because there are so many colors of your performance that you miss out on,” Gooding Jr. said. “So I tried to specifically keep a blank state and frame of mind.”


Gooding Jr. added that he had an agreement with the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, that the actor would do many takes, some in which he portrayed Simpson as guilty, others in which he portrayed him as innocent. Then Murphy would make the choice of which take, or takes, to use in the editing room.

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