David Schwimmer on playing the role of lawyer Robert Kardashian.
David Schwimmer has vivid memories of the sensational 1995 OJ Simpson trial, which his latest TV project is based upon. On The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime, he plays the role of Robert Kardarshian, patriarch of the popular ‘K’ family, who is best remembered as the friend and defense attorney of American footballer-actor OJ Simpson. The latter was on trial for a year on two counts of murder, that of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman.
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S star says, “I remember watching the trial on TV in my apartment in West Hollywood. It had all the makings of a Greek tragedy of an iconic hero fallen. It was also the first time I started seeing helicopter chases on the news almost every day in LA. We were privy to such a high-profile murder trial that you got to tune in every day, and it was better than any soap opera on the planet.”
But Schwimmer admits he wasn’t following the proceedings as obsessively as others. When asked what appealed him about the show then, he said, “It was this mystery: How does a man (Kardarshian) choose to stand by a good friend, when the world believes him to be guilty of these crimes? But I spoke to Kris Jenner (Kardashian’s first wife) , and that’s when I learned he was a man of great faith. That helped me understand why he stood by his friend even when there might have been doubt in his own heart.”
During the course of the show, he learned about the politics, as well as little known evidences of the case.
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— Team Indulge