The O.J. Simpson murder case was such a seismic cultural event, we all remember where we were during key moments of it — even big Hollywood stars.
With FX’s American Crime Story (which premieres next week) revisiting the O.J. Simpson trial, Yahoo TV asked the star-studded cast to tell us what they were doing during the infamous “white Bronco chase,” when an accused Simpson and his pal Al Cowlings hit the L.A. freeways for the most compelling low-speed chase in American history.
In the video above, John Travolta (who plays Simpson defense lawyer Robert Shapiro) recalls he was still basking in the afterglow of Pulp Fiction winning the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival: “I was trying to do two things at once: celebrate my new beginning, and pay attention to something that was actually happening that mattered.”
Cuba Gooding Jr., who plays Simpson on the series, remembers watching the NBA Finals with friends and seeing the broadcast add a live shot of the Bronco in a tiny box in the corner: “At one point, we turned the TV to a full screen, and had the game on the radio.”
But for Sarah Paulson (who plays prosecutor Marcia Clark), the Bronco chase was just one big inconvenience: “I was like, ‘Why is The Naked Gun actor on?’ I wanted to keep watching whatever I was watching. It was probably that show Sisters, or thirtysomething. I was really irritated that I was missing what was happening with Michael and Hope.”
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story premieres Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. on FX.