Cuba's Backon Trial in Chicago; 3am WEEKEND with ASHLEIGH RAINBIRD 3am@mirror.Co.UK

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Cuba's Backon Trial in Chicago; 3am WEEKEND with ASHLEIGH RAINBIRD 3am@mirror.Co.UK


Byline: ASHLEIGH RAINBIRD

CUBA Gooding Jr was advised to reject his Emmynominated role as OJ Simpson because it could be damaging to his career.

The actor, 50, appeared as the ex American football star who was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife in The People v OJ Simpson, a dramatisation of the "trial of the century".

It aired on BBC2 last year, but Cuba was warned he could alienate himself due to racial tensions associated with the trial.

He tells 3am: "I got so much flack from people in my personal circle to do such a dark role. In the black communities, some of the guys said to me: 'How's it going to feel having white people not like you any more?'"

Incredulous, he responded: Ip "It's a character. I'm playing a character!" He continues: "I knew then if there was a fake beat about my performance, I would get killed."

Cuba has not contacted OJ since he was released from prison after serving time for armed robbery, despite saying he would welcome meeting him.

ROLE servin Cuba's starring in End "No, I've only seen certain clips and statements he's made," he says. …

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