Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. recently talked with Larry King on his show, Larry King Now, to discuss his experience portraying one of the most infamous ex-football legends and his top career moments.
Gooding, who portrays O.J. Simpson in FXâs American Crime Story,Â which has seen high ratings and reintroduced a new generation to a 20-year-old high-profile case that, though Simpson was acquitted of murder charges, still holds contention in the hearts and minds of those who watched and lived through the trial.
Gooding openly discussed challenges he faced after playing the role and talked about how it took a month get back to a normal frame of mind after the role. âI remember Heath Ledger said after he played the Joker character that it was just a darkness he couldnât shake, and I always thought that was kind of BS. I was like, ‘Youâre an actor. Youâre supposed to go in and out. But itâs true Larry. Iâm telling you.â
He also said he had a nervous breakdown while portraying O.J. Simpson. He says that after filming the funeral scene where O.J. kisses his wifeâs corpse, he felt such
“extreme guilt.” “I remember celebrating the ânot guiltyâ verdict because I didnât care if he did it or not. I didnât want another black man to be railroaded, OK?â he said. âSo here I was in that moment realizing I never grieved for those families. I could celebrate that, but I canât take into consideration the Goldman family, the Brownâs and it just hit me.â
Cuba also talked to King about winning the Oscar and how he got the role in Jerry Maguire, and the roles he regrets turning down in the past. âI said no to Spielberg with Amistad,â he recalled.
Watch the interview below via Ora TV: