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‘People v OJ Simpson’ Star Cuba Gooding Jr. ‘Relieved’ Series Is Over

”I was in a dark place,“ actor says

“People v OJ Simpson” star Cuba Gooding Jr. is “relieved” that the series has concluded.

“I was in a dark place with it,” Gooding said at an event to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund on Thursday in Los Angeles. “I went to church one Sunday and the pastor asked for [me] to stay after the service. Him and his wife prayed over me because he felt there was a darkness in my spirit. It was things like that where I’m like, ‘Man, this show is really affecting people.'”

According to People, Gooding, who played the accused murderer in the FX anthology series, also revealed what he hopes the real Simpson might take away from the series, should he ever watch it.

“I would hope he would find some identification of some truth as he knew it back then and that he would eventually find redemption and healing,” he said. “And I’m not saying that he’s guilty or innocent, but I hope that, you know, anybody who watches this finds a better understanding.”

Ryan Murphy‘s take on “the Trial of the Century” concluded on Tuesday, showing the now infamous “not guilty” verdict that vindicated Simpson in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Other stars of the series included Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as Simpson’s friend Robert Kardashian.