Cuba Gooding Jr. put his personal feelings aside while playing O.J. Simpson, but the filming of one particular scene elicited an unexpected emotional response from the actor.
After shooting a scene depicting Nicole Brown Simpson’s funeral for the upcoming mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson, Gooding Jr. says he became overwhelmed with feelings of remorse.
“I broke for lunch and wept in the trailer,” he tells The Daily Beast. “I looked at myself in the mirror and went, ‘What the hell are you doing? Why are you so emotional?'”
While the actor has been reluctant to reveal his personal opinion on Simpson’s guilt, he attributes his emotional response that day to his reaction to the acquittal in 1995.