1 of 19O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
Though he may not bear much of a physical resemblance to the real life Orenthal James Simpson, Gooding does an excellent job of bringing nuance to a character about whom the majority viewers will have a fully-formed opinion before the opening credits even roll. Though most viewers will probably remember the calm and collected O.J. we observed during his trial, Gooding is at his best during the chaotic chase scene in Episode 2, showing us the utter panic that governed Simpson's questionable actions once he realized he was the prime suspect in a double homicide.
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