O.J. SIMPSON TO BE ERASED FROM THE NAKED GUN

HOLLYWOOD – The renewed public interest in O.J. Simpson has led to a call from outspoken movie critic, Dan Walsh, to digitally erase Simpson from beloved comedy, The Naked Gun. The Studio Exec sat down with Walsh to discuss his controversial remark:  

 

Mr Walsh. Why are you gunning for O.J.?

It’s pretty simple. I love The Naked Gun. Myself and my two brothers used to watch it all the time and we’d quote it verbatim. But every since the O.J. trial, I’ve never enjoyed it as much. You just can’t laugh at loveable old Nordberg (OJ’s character) stepping on a bear trap when you know the guy playing him is a cold-bloodied killer. I want to enjoy The Naked Gun again, and so do millions of others, so let’s get O.J. out of there.

 

Isn’t that a rather extreme form of censorship?

I understand why people would say it was, but to them I say this. What if Jeffrey Dahmer was in The Godfather? Could you watch him playing the role of Michael Corleone without thinking to yourself ‘That guy kept heads in his fridge?’. I mean, it doesn’t really matter how nuanced the performance is if you know the actor could very well have been eating the testicles of a guy he killed prior to filming a dramatic scene.

 

You make an interesting, but ridiculous point. So how would you cut The Naked Gun. Would you edit out the character of Nordberg completely?

Not all all. Nordberg is essential to the script, it would be like taking Charles Bronson out of Once Upon A Time in The West. I’d advocate grafting the face of another actor onto O.J. using the latest in digital technology.

 

Do you have any candidates in mind?

My number one choice would have to be Woody Allen.

 

Hmm, it seems unlikely that Mr Allen would allow a studio to replace O.J. Simpson’s head with his own.

Granted, I don’t expect that to happen. Woody is a busy man, which is why I have a brilliant second option.

 

Go on.

Goldie Hawn. I’m just a huge fan. In my eyes, Goldie can do no wrong and she has experience with this kind of thing. Did you know that her role in Housesitter was originally played by Ted Bundy? It’s totally true, he filmed for two weeks before Goldie replaced him and you know, he never left because the producers realised they’d hired a serial killer to play a leading female role in a romantic comedy. It was 100% due to creative differences. 

 

5 THINGS WRONG WITH THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON

HOLLYWOOD – American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson has been a surprise hit, with John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr starring in the true crime drama for FX.

I’ll say it right off the bat, I am enjoying American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, but even its most ardent fans have to admit we are enjoying it sometimes for the wrong reasons. Here are five of them.

1. Everyone says exactly what the writers want the audience to know. Almost as if the writer has prepared a schematic of a screenplay and then forgot to write actual dialogue. So Robert Kardashian will tell his daughter Kim Kardashian that fame is a hollow thing and when he is having doubts about OJ’s innocence will say ‘I’m having doubts about OJ’s innocence’. Johnnie Cochran, a lawyer who only cares about winning, will say ‘I only care about winning’. And so it goes… No ambiguity, no layers, no subtlety.

2. Cuba Gooding Jr’s voice. It starts off whiny and by episode two I can still put up with it. After all, he has either just murdered his wife and the guy she was with or has just found out that his wife has been murdered, so he’s upset, but the whine goes on. And on. I’m not asking for strict verisimilitude, but OJ has a basso profondo and Cuba has a falsetto. Likewise, OJ was a noted football star and Cuba looks like the kid who got his butt smacked with wet towels by the big kids.

3. Marcia Clarke smokes lots of cigarettes and Sarah Paulson acts smoking lots of cigarettes. And it shows.

4. There has not yet been an opportunity for John Travolta to dance. Yes, I know John Travolta is a serious dramatic actor. Yes, I know he wants to get rid of the image of Staruday Night Fever and Grease. And yes I know John Travolta not dancing is huge mistake. Send the lawyers to a disco for crying out loud.

5. The People v OJ Simpson is really predictable. I don’t know what it is about the story line but I keep guessing it at every turn. It started right at the beginning when OJ tried to escape in the Bronco. I just knew he was going to get caught. And I knew that the gloves weren’t going to fit. I also am pretty sure that OJ did it but the defense will get him off. I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s the writing, perhaps the story needed some M. Night Shyamalan love, but this has to be one of the most weirdly predictable whodunnits ever!

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DAVID SCHWIMMER TO STAR IN AMERICAN CRIME STORY SPIN OFF

HOLLYWOOD – Following the ongoing success of American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, former Friends star David Schwimmer looks set to star in a spin off series that he will write and produce.

It’s no secret that David Schwimmer has struggled to find his feet following his initial success as Ross from popular sit-com Friends. However, it looks like his career has taken an upspike with the popularity of his role in American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson and he is keen to capitalize on the success with a spin off series that would feature the further adventures of his character Robert Kardashian. David popped into the Studio Exec villa to lay down his plans:

It’s no secret that I’ve become very close to this character. I see Robert as essentially a very decent man in a terrible situation. All his decency is turned in the wrong direction. He is an amazing friend, incredibly loyal, but that loyalty blinds him to what is going on right in front of his face.

What will the new show be about?

I found that after I read the last script and we filmed the last episode that I wasn’t really sure we had told the whole of Robert’s story. I wanted to know more about him and about his family. This is a man who goes back to the law in the highest profile legal case this country has ever seen and then he really has this fame that he had no wish for. I want to explore how he continues to live in Los Angeles and his relationship to his family especially. There was a scene in a restaurant where he turns to his daughter, I think she’s called Kim but I’ll have to look it up, and he tells them that fame is a hollow thing. I wanted to see how Robert and the Kardashians deal with that and recover from it. How they learn to sink back into their former obscurity, chastened and wiser surely. Every week he will take on a different case but we’ll also see his home life. I see it as a mix of something like Perry Mason and The Waltons.

And you are writing and directing?

Yes I am. No, wait writing and producing. Direction will be someone else. I don’t want to direct myself. It’s too distracting.

I see. And the title?

There are a few floating about but my favorite is The Kardashians.

American Crime Story: The Kardashians will be broadcast in the Fall.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON – REVIEW – The new American Crime Story is a drama that takes us all the way back to the nineties to one of the most celebrated cases in American judicial history.

The first season of the new anthology series American Crime Story has an all star cast including Sarah Paulson, John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr. and begins with a celebrated case in The People v O.J. Simpson. Here we have our EXCLUSIVE SPOILER FREE review.

O.J. Simpson either did or didn’t kill Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Lyle Goldman. And he will or he won’t get away with it.

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CUBA GOODING JR FINDS OJ SIMPSON KNIFE

HOLLYWOOD – Cuba Gooding Jr has discovered a knife in the grounds of OJ Simpson’s former Los Angeles residence.

Cuba Gooding Jr, star of American Crime Story, was today in the news after he discovered a knife in the grounds of OJ Simpson’s Los Angeles residence. He spoke exclusively to the Studio Exec:

When I am preparing for any role, but especially the role of a real person, I love to roll up my sleeves and really dig deep. And when I say dig deep, I mean literally go into the garden and start digging. I often go into the rooms and look around in the closets, looking quite literally for skeletons that might be in there.

But you had already finished filming.

I know, but actors aren’t just robots man. They can’t just pull the plug. I was obsessed with OJ and I still felt that I needed to understand what had happened that night. I was sleeping in the bushes for five months.

And then you found the knife?

I was digging quite a lot. What surprises me is that no one else had found it! But still, anyway I can’t help uncover the truth, I’m happy to do it. Finally I can say goodbye to OJ.

American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson is currently being broadcast.