Oh hi. You know I've been thinking about the show ever since it ended. I was on the Twitter and I instructed everyone not to tell me how this ended. No spoilers! I wanted to see what happened to O.J. The People V. O.J. Simpson will be remembered for many things, one of them has to be the great casting. Here's a few of the actors who turned TV's most popular reality series into episodic television.
Sarah Paulson- Marcia Clark-Here's a casting of fancy, artistic license you will. I do not remember Marcia Clark being this attractive. It worked for the movie. Paulson eerily captured Clark's interesting vocal patterns, gestures and essence. It's not hyperbole to say Paulson's portrayal was a thing of beauty. She not only humanized Clark, she put a face on what a prosecutor goes through--especially given a case that was flawed, based on circumstantial evidence and lacked a smoking gun, knife or a video tape of Simpson committing the crimes.
Part 2: I'm a big fan of actors playing real people. The best always have at least one moment where a viewer's is almost "tricked" into believing it's the real person and not a portrayal. Vance's performance had about 1,000 of those moments.
John Travolta-Robert Shapiro-This was a strange performance. I remember Robert Shapiro, don't we all? I don' t remember him being this florid with the voice and affectations. A lot of times when I watched Travolta I wondered who he was supposed to be? In a way, Travolta's flashy portrayal of Shapiro was a good idea. In fact I looked at some Robert Shapiro footage and saw how flat and emotionless he was. Who wants to play that? Travolta's performance added some humor in a potentially depressing role.
David Schwimmer-Robert Kardashian- This was a great hound-dog portrayal of Robert Kardashian, the true enigma from the OJ Simpson case. Schwimmer brought the perfect amount of sorrow, responsibility and confusion to the role. Although he's often not hailed as an actor, if this part had been given to a lesser performer, this all might have been a laugh fest. Schwimmer made Kardashian's pain palpable and believable.