Remind yourself of the key players…
About Simpson: After retiring from American football as the sport’s highest-paid player in 1979, the charismatic Simpson went on to act in Hollywood films, including the Naked Gun series. But when he was accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, his life collapsed in about the most sensational way possible. There was a televised police car chase and a possible suicide note, followed by a complete denial of all the charges. From that day on, he would make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
John Travolta is… Robert Shapiro
About Shapiro: Smooth-talking lawyer to the Hollywood stars who initially led Simpson’s “Dream Team” of defence attorneys. Shapiro was a self-assured master of spin, dropping famous lines like breadcrumbs, but was forced to take a backseat mid-trial after an ego-clash with his team.
Courtney B Vance is… Johnnie Cochran
About Cochran: A silver-tongued defence lawyer whose snappy courtroom speeches were matched only by his colourful suits, he was the Dream Team’s ultimate showman. His punchy closing became one of the most memorable moments of the trial, in which, talking about a leather glove linked to the murders, he uttered the immortal line, “If it does not fit, you must acquit.”
David Schwimmer is… Robert Kardashian
About Kardashian: Another key member of the Dream Team, Kardashian was Simpson’s close friend and confidant. In the immediate wake of the murders, he allowed Simpson to stay at his house and remained by his friend’s side throughout the trial. His children would later become television icons in their own right, as stars of a certain reality TV show.
Sarah Paulson is… Marcia Clark
About Clark: The hard-boiled prosecutor of Simpson’s case, Clark’s no-nonsense cross-examinations were increasingly overshadowed by her image, which came under such intense media scrutiny that she underwent a makeover mid-trial. While her evidence – centred around that bloodstained glove found at Simpson’s home – convinced many Americans of Simpson’s guilt, it failed to persuade the jury.
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