A strange story is told with some very strange casting in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the upcoming show scheduled to air this February on FX. Now, four new teasers are giving a sneak peek to those curious about the tone of the TV series chronicling the Crime of the Century.
“Any time that I take on a new criminal case, I always ask the client a question,” says John Travolta, taking on a curt speaking style, odd hairline and sour puss as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. “Now, I won’t be judgmental, so … ”
Wow, talk about a “teaser.” The clip that has Shapiro speaking with an over-the-shoulder Simpson doesn’t even show Shapiro’s question, but it seems pretty easy to guess: “O.J., did you do it?”
In another clip, there are close-ups of O.J. (Cuba Gooding Jr.) getting fitted with lie detector equipment and then being asked a variation on that very query: “Is the person who killed Nicole Brown Simpson in this room?”
A third clip seems to reveal a bit more, but without visuals. As the names of the actors appear, Travolta’s Shapiro can be heard saying “You have my word, and my word is gold,” with Sarah Paulson as prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark insisting “He got away with beating her, he’s not going to get away with killing her” and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnnie Cochran saying “I like to win. This case is a loser!”
It concludes with a raspy Gooding talking about Nicole’s parents: “Tell Lou and Judy I want them to be the guardians of my children.”
The series also features such notable casting choices as Selma Blair playing Kris Jenner, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, David Schwimmer playing Robert Kardashian and Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey.
Finally, another teaser continues the theme of offering just a crumb of insight, this time compiling behind-the-back shots of various characters. The last one is a shirtless O.J., sitting on the edge of his bed and breathing heavily … as are viewers, eager to see these famous faces telling a truly infamous “Story.”