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How Courtney B. Vance Mastered the Role of O.J.’s Charismatic Attorney, Johnnie Cochran (Video)

How Courtney B. Vance Mastered the Role of O.J.’s Charismatic Attorney, Johnnie Cochran (Video)

FX has released a new behind-the-scenes video taking you “Inside ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ – In Character With Courtney B. Vance,” in which the first season of the anthology series’ cast and crew discuss how Vance mastered the role of O.J.’s charismatic attorney, the late Johnnie Cochran.

From producer Ryan Murphy, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” premiered on the FX network on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 PM ET/PT, kicking off an ongoing 10-episode season which ends on April 5, with 2 episodes to go. Have you been watching? If so, your thoughts? 

Based on the book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, the series provides audiences with a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explored the chaotic back-room dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s black community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

So this is much less about the actual crime itself, as the story takes place after their murders (the court trial that followed).

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J., while Sarah Paulson is prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance plays the late Johnnie Cochran, David Schwimmer is Robert Kardashian, John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro, and Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin.

Sterling K. Brown plays Christopher Darden; Malcolm-Jamal Warner is A.C. Cowlings; Selma Blair is Kris Kardashian; and Connie Britton is Faye Resnick.

The real O.J. Simpson is not involved in the series in any way, nor will he benefit financially from it.

And while FX hasn’t yet officially given a season 2 order for “American Crime Story,” it seems to be a certainty at this point, as reactions from so-called “taste-makers” have been strong. And the real-life historical occurrence that season 2 of the anthology will tackle will be Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath.

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” airs on the FX network on Tuesday nights at 10 PM ET/PT.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video below on how Vance embodies Cochran in the series:

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