Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

What Does Marcia Clark Think of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story?

She talks "reliving the nightmare"

Liz Raftery

Plenty of people were eager to tune into FX's new docudrama The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Tuesday night, but Marcia Clark wasn't one of them.

Clark, who was the lead prosecutor in Simpson's trial and is portrayed by Sarah Paulson on American Crime Story, writes in a New York Post op-ed that her initial reaction upon hearing about the miniseries was dread.

"When I first heard this series was happening, I was like, 'Please don't let it happen,'" Clark writes. "When I heard it was Sarah Paulson playing me, it was an honor. I've been a fan of hers for years. So there was a silver lining. And Ryan Murphy directing? I thought, if it has to happen, at least I got the best."

The People v. O.J. Simpson: The juiciest moments from Episode 1

"Reliving the nightmare of the O.J. Simpson trial is something I hoped never to do again," she adds. "It was such a heartbreaking, horrific crime. And the case was out of control from Day One. Then it got crazier."

Clark disputes some of the details portrayed as facts in the miniseries, claiming, for instance, that prosecutors never considered trying for the death penalty, and were skeptical about their chances of victory from the start of the trial.

"They portray us as overconfident, but God, no, we were not. Here's why: I'd been trying cases in downtown L.A. for 10 years," Clark writes. "The African-American experience with the criminal justice system has always been a fraught one. Now we had a black defendant who was famous. ... I knew it was going to be a rough case. I knew we had the evidence. Could the evidence overcome the notoriety? I wasn't going to project that to the press or say, 'I'm afraid we're going to lose.'"

People v. O.J. Simpson: Meet the players and their real-life counterparts

Clark also expresses regret that The People v. O.J. Simpson, like so many discussions and portrayals of the case, overlooks the two victims, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

"I didn't get sucked in to the show," Clark notes. "I could sit back and appreciate the brilliance of the performers, but I kept coming back to the idea that two people are dead. Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. It was pretty hard sitting through the first two episodes. Whatever you think of Simpson, the murderer walked away. No one was brought to justice. And that will never -- never -- be OK with me."

Read Clark's full op-ed here.