Cuba Gooding Jr says playing OJ Simpson has been an 'emotional rollercoaster'


Cuba Gooding Jr has admitted he is struggling to switch-off from his role playing OJ Simpson.

The actor said portraying the former American footballer in American Crime Story: The People Versus OJ Simpson had been an "emotional rollercoaster".

The series, which also stars John Travolta and David Schwimmer, recounts the high-profile murder trial of Simpson, who was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

O.J. Simpson appearing at a hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.

Asked how he felt about Simpson, the actor said: "I have a lot of thoughts. There were a lot of revelations. There was a lot of information I didn't know.

"It was an emotional rollercoaster and I think there were a lot of lessons to be learnt, not just with his life and that trial but with that time period in America."

Asked whether it had been difficult to switch-off from the role, Gooding Jr replied: "It still is.

Cuba Gooding Jr described his role playing OJ Simpson as an

"Time heals all wounds. You remember what's important to you personally.

"I had to tell myself this is not my life. This is just something I had to let my psyche run away with."

Gooding Jr was speaking at a charity event to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles.