One of the most intriguing aspects of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson is the wide range of relationships on display, from the epic ego clashes of defense attorneys Johnnie Cochran and Robert Shapiro to the trial-by-fire friendship of O.J. Simpson and Robert Kardashian. In the video above, Yahoo TV asks the cast to explain how their characters get along… or don’t get along.
John Travolta describes Shapiro and Cochran’s relationship as “two kings competing,” and Courtney B. Vance says the circus atmosphere surrounding the trial contributed to the clashing: “It’s the biggest trial of the century… there’s so much at stake.” Sarah Paulson says prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were no match for the media-savvy Dream Team: “They were two people who went into battle without any armor.” And David Schwimmer remembers the intensity of Kardashian’s scenes with a suicidal O.J.: “To have to play those scenes was… just harrowing.”
But at least Cuba Gooding Jr. made a fun discovery about his co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who plays O.J.’s Bronco-driving pal Al Cowlings: “This son of a bitch can drive! You could race cars! Backwards or forwards.”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.