Since the FX series The People v O.J. Simpson debuted, many have wondered what Simpson thinks of the show. Now, via a former guard, Simpson’s opinions are publicly known for the first time.
Simpson is currently serving a sentence for a robbery conviction at the Lovelock Correctional Center. A retired guard named Jeffrey Felix dished to the Hollywood Reporter about O.J.’s thoughts on the miniseries, specifically the casting of Cuba Gooding, Jr.
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The guard got to know O.J. Simpson, as the former football player and actor has been serving a sentence since 2008. From the guard’s scoop, it seems like Simpson is not impressed by Cuba Gooding Jr.
“[O.J.] knows he is taller. He knows he is better looking. He has a bigger head. He is more muscular.”
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing that O.J. is on the fence about Cuba’s portrayal. As the Inquisitr reported, Cuba Gooding, Jr., in an interview with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!, relayed O.J.’s alleged reaction to the miniseries, “Cuba’s portrayal — I feel indifferent about.” At the time, Gooding, Jr. sounded like he was upset about Simpson’s reaction because of his apathy. He told Cohen that his thoughts were, “Well, what is it? Have you seen the show or you feel indifferent?”
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As for Simpson’s thoughts on the narrative of the miniseries, the guard said, “He is unhappy with the show because it is kind of making it seem like he is totally guilty.”
Another part of the miniseries that O.J. Simpson is not happy about is a scene that shows Simpson failing a lie detector test following the brutal killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, waiter Ron Goldman. “He told me he passed that [test] years ago.”
Perhaps Simpson has a faulty memory because a report going back to 1996 states that he failed the lie detector test. In an interview, the late Robert Kardashian, who was part of his dream team of defense lawyers, sat down with Barbara Walters for a feature on 20/20. Of the lie detector test, Kardashian said,
“‘I was devastated,’ he said. ‘I didn’t know what to believe… O.J. said, ‘Every time I heard Nicole’s name, my heart was pounding, I would, I would get emotional and’ – that type of reaction.”
Cuba Gooding, Jr. isn’t getting too down about what Simpson may or may not think. He’s currently getting rave reviews for his portrayal, and some are even saying that there might be an Emmy nomination in his future. For Gooding, Jr. he’s measuring the success of the miniseries in the interest it’s reignited in the media, specifically given that the nation was captured by the case 20 years ago, before there was social media.
“This blows me away, since we’re into the fourth week of the show and I realize it’s really connecting with the public,” Gooding said. “The reason I know that? When I turn on my morning TV shows, and they are still doing little news blurbs about it. Like the other day, [murder victim] Ron Goldman’s sister was on talking about her family being upset that David Schwimmer [who portrays lawyer Robert Kardashian] didn’t contact them.”
The proof that America is once again captured by the case that changed the way we take in crimes is in the ratings. Four weeks after its debut and the miniseries is still at the top of everyone’s must-see list for Tuesdays.
TV By The Numbers reported, “Once again, FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” landed the top spot in the Tuesday cable ratings, keeping its 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 from the previous week.”
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