Following the premiere of FX's crime drama "The People v. O.J. Simpson," some real-life figures portrayed in the show are speaking out. Malcolm LaVergne, O.J. Simpson's present-day attorney, as well as prosecutor Marcia Clark, are speaking out about the program and the light in which it painted those involved in the case.
In an interview with Fox, LaVergne said his client was "not upset" about his depiction in "The People v. O.J. Simpson," but wasn't completely satisfied with how those around him were shown. Simpson, now 68, was said to be particularly bothered by FX's handling of the late Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), one of the many lawyers on his defense ream. LaVergne shared with the network that the Cochran character is portrayed as someone who was "ruthless and overly ambitious," which Simpson finds to be unfair.
Clark, who is played in "The People v. O.J. Simpson" by Sarah Paulson, told Us Weekly that, for her, the show is a painful reminder of a dark time for the justice system. She said living through the case the first time was a challenge and to have to watch "justice get thwarted" all over again is no easier. One thing that's helped her get through it, however, is the actress chosen to portray her. Clark told Us she has enjoyed watching Paulson play her, adding that she'd "been a fan for years."
"It felt pretty awful, not because of anything the series might have done, just reinvoking all of the memories of it," she said. "What got me through it was being able to watch Sarah's performance."
"The People v. O.J. Simpson" premiered Tuesday, reeling in fans of all ages with its compelling storyline and A-list cast. The show immediately dived into the drama surrounding the murder of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman, introducing viewers to the one and only witness to the crime: a dog. The pup was seen by a neighbor wandering in distress outside Brown-Simpson's Brentwood, California, home. The Akita leads the man to a dead body, prompting him to call police and launching what has come to be one of the most controversial and notorious murder cases in American history.
As was previously reported, the show, which was announced in 2015, is based on factual events. It aims, however, to provide a new perspective on the case — that of Simpson's (Cuba Gooding Jr.) lawyers. The former NFL player and actor was defended by Cochran, Robert Shapiro (John Travolta), F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane), Alan Dershowitz (Evan Handler), Shawn Chapman (Angel Parker) and Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer). Parker told International Business Times the show would allow audiences to see the human sides of Simpson's lawyers.