Gooding appeared on King’s Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now,” to discuss the role, and whether or not he wants to meet the disgraced ex-NFL player.
Cuba told Larry King that the darkness he felt playing Simpson was similar to what Heath Ledger experienced while filming “The Dark Knight.”
“I remember Heath Ledger said after he played the Joker character that it was just a darkness he couldn’t shake and I always thought that was kind of BS. I was like you’re an actor, you’re supposed to go in and out, but it’s true Larry. I’m telling you.”
Gooding, Jr. was left stunned after he read OJ’s framed suicide note while preparing for the role. He recalls doing research and asking,:
“Can I get the real suicide note?’ and they go, ‘That is real, sir,’ and I go, ‘No, no, no. This one has a happy face in it,’ and he goes, ‘He put a happy face in the O in OJ.’ And I was like are you kidding me? Yeah. Stuff like that blew me away.”