What's more challenging than taking on the role of somebody most people believe committed a horrific double-murder? Trying to humanize the people who helped him get away with it.

For FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, stars Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance were tasked with just that, taking on the roles of Simpson and his lawyers Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran, respectively. Rounding out the defense team is David Schwimmer as lawyer Robert Kardashian, Simpson's sycophantic best friend whose family became a household name only after his death.

5 reasons The People v. O.J. Simpson is riveting TV

TVGuide.com recently spoke with the major players about how they embraced their divisive onscreen counterparts, and whether they hope the show will change viewers' opinions of the people they're playing.

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