Tuesday, February 02, 2016

"The People v. O.J. Simpson" starts on FX just as the discussion of football-related concussion and personality disorders heats up

Tuesday, the FX network launched the Pilot (78 min) of its series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” , a series that seems timely due to recent statements that O.J. may have concussion-related brain injury from his football career, by Bennet Omalu of the film “Concussion”.  The concussions could have contributed to impulsive behavior, poor judgment, and poor "dream like" memory.  The Pilot has the title “From the Ashes of Tragedy”.

After a quick reference to Rodney King, the film places us with the grisly finding of Nicole Simpson (Kekky Dowdle) on June 12, 1994.  Cuba Gooding, Jr. plays OJ, and is at first dispassionate.  By the end of the episode, he is threatening suicide in front of his lawyer, before escaping to start the famous “low speed chase”.

Marcia Clark (author of the book “Without a Doubt”) is played by Sarah Paulson, and is shown smoking at work.  I thought by 1994 this practice had pretty much stopped.

The funniest character is Kato Kaelin (Billy Magnussen), living in the guest house, telling the cops he is a “non person”, standing there shirtless, his chest absolutely hairless.  Later he takes the Fifth in the Preliminary Hearing, even though he is not a suspect.

The series is based on the book "The Run of His Life" by CNN legal reporter Jeffrey Toobin.  "Access Hollywood" discussed its liberties with fact.  Supposedly OJ asked "Who killed her?" when first told while he was in Chicago.  The stuff about the polygraph is said to be accurate.  Many viewers did not like watching it, according to AH, and thought it would still be painful for the Goldman family.

I remember Vicki Jones, “The British Lady”, doing talk radio in 1994, asking the audience for verdicts on OJ.

Update:  March 4

New evidence has been found in the case, a knife, CNN story by Ray Sanchez.

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