CUBA GOODING JR. STARS IN FX DRAMA "THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY" FEB. 2 AT 10 P.M.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as NFL legend turned actor O.J. Simpson in the FX network’s explosive, new drama, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” which airs Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
I’ll be locked in on it much like I was during Simpson’s now famous slow speed freeway chase on June 17, 1994. Most everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when Simpson’s best friend and former teammate Al Cowlings was transporting Simpson in his white Ford Bronco. It was must-see TV, tragic and fascinating.
Simpson was later charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman and the biggest murder and television story of the year had begun.
Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and directed by Ryan Murphy, the television movie is based on the book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.
The TV docu-drama from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Brad Falchuk, chronicles the Simpson case from the perspective of the lawyers. It looks at the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court and tells how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
In addition to Gooding Jr., “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” stars: John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), , David Schwimmer, (Robert Kardashian), Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Nathan Lane (F. Lee Bailey), Kenneth Choi (Judge Lance Ito), Bruce Greenwood (Gil Garcetti), Connie Britton (Faye Resnick), Selma Blair (Kris Jenner), Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Stanley K. Brown (Christopher Darden) among others.
ABOUT CUBA GOODING JR.: Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for Jerry Maguire in 1996 and has earned critical acclaim for his work in feature films and television. His feature credits include “As Good as It Gets,” “Men of Honor,” “American Gangster,” “Red Tails” and Lee Daniels' “The Butler.”
ABOUT SARAH PAULSON:Sarah Paulson is currently starring in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as "Bette Tattler/Dot Tattler." Paulson previously starred in the third installment of the critically acclaimed series “American Horror Story: Coven” for which she received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.”
In the anthology series' second season, Paulson earned a Critics Choice Television Award for “Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries” as well as an Emmy nomination for her work as "Lana Winters."
Paulson was also nominated for an Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for HBO's 2012 television movie “Game Change” and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2006 for the NBC comedy series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
On film, Paulson starred in director Steve McQueen's “12 Years a Slave” and has starred in “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Editor’s Note: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” airs Feb. 2 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Some information used in this article obtained from publicity department press releases.