On the occasion of the arrival of American Crime Story on Disney +, let’s focus on season 1 for a jump in the 90’s. The reconstitution of the OJ Simpson affair which has upset the US wants to be the closest to reality… Is this the case?
Find the first 2 seasons ofAmerican Crime Story on Disney+.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is OJ Simpson
Former American football star and rising Hollywood star, OJ Simpson was accused in 1994 of the double murder of his ex-wife and her partner. His ultra-publicized trial opens against a backdrop of racial tension and police violence in Los Angeles, in a case that divides and upsets American society.
This is Cuba Gooding Jr. who is chosen to embody this controversial figure on screen. Sometimes touching in its vulnerability, sometimes striking in its coldness, the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1997 for jerry maguire offers a stunning new performance.
Sarah Paulson is Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark is the energetic head prosecutor who leads the charge against the defendant throughout the trial. Constantly under fire from critics, and attacked on her personal life, she sees her career totally marked by this affair, and will later become an author of detective literature.
It’s at Sarah Paulson that ryan murphy, the creator of the series, entrusts this role. Present in 9 of the 10 seasons ofAmerican Horror Story, the director’s favorite actress is sparking again. The physical transformation of the actress is also striking, so much so that in 2017 she received the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a mini-series.
A trophy that she came to recover accompanied by Marcia Clark in person, paying him a vibrant tribute.
David Schwimmer is Robert Kardashian
Many of us will have immediately recognized the interpreter, the mythical Ross Geller of Friends ! But exit Monica’s brother in the cult series, David Schwimmer Camps here brilliantly Robert Kardashian.
A close friend of “Juice”, this lawyer of Armenian origin immediately defends the athlete, and despite himself goes from shadow to light. His name has since become world famous thanks to his family, with his wife Kris, but also and especially their daughters. Kourtney, Kim and Khloe !
Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden
Another destiny that the trial of OJ Simpson has shaken: that of Christopher Darden, assistant prosecutor of Marcia Clark. His poignant press conference, after the outcome of the trial, remains among the strong images of this media soap opera.
Sterling K. Brown lends him his features in the series, with particular attention paid to the gestures of Christopher Darden, so much so that the actor we know for the role of Randall in This is Us delivers a masterful performance.
Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran
Specialized in the defense of minorities in the face of police brutality, endowed with a formidable eloquence and author of fiery pleas, Johnnie Cochran became the lawyer of celebrities such as michael jackson, Tupac Shakur Where Snoop Dogg.
In season 1 ofAmerican Crime Storyit is Courtney B. Vance who lends his features to this tenor of the bar, delivering an Emmy-winning performance for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries, in competition with his on-screen partner, Cuba Gooding Jr.!
Kenneth Choi as Lance Ito
Familiar face of series fans with leading roles in 9-1-1, Sons of Anarchy or Ironside, Kenneth Choi is once again illustrated on the screen by putting on the dress of judge Ito. A central figure in the OJ Simpson affair, he presided over the “trial of the century”, and created controversy by authorizing the cameras to broadcast the proceedings live, a first at the time.
John Travolta is Robert Shapiro
John Travoltathe star of grease and of pulp Fictionbreaks the screen with the role of Robert Shapiro, the charismatic defense lawyer who built the “dream team” representing the accused at trial.
As detestable as he is insightful, he knows how to recognize when it is in his client’s interest to be defended by a figure in the civil rights movement, namely his colleague Johnnie Cochran.
Selma Blair is Kris Jenner
Already separated from Robert Kardashian at the time of the affair, Kris Jenner nevertheless makes a few appearances in the series. The mother and future manager of the Kardashian media empire is embodied on screen by Selma Blair (after, Hellboy…).
Connie Britton is Faye Resnick
played by Connie Britton, Faye Resnick is one of those who benefited from the case. Declaring herself as a close friend of the victim, she quickly published a book, and received an invitation to all the television sets… Her presence at the heart of the case was not always viewed favorably, in particular by defense attorneys.