Thanks to the confirmed brilliance of FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the complex cultural impact of the O.J. Simpson murder trial has once again gripped the nation. As a result, many of the key players in the trial of the century have started breaking their silence on the very real stresses of those oft-discussed proceedings. Lawyer Chris Darden, portrayed by Sterling K. Brown in the series, stopped by Today on Monday to discuss his thoughts on the trial, American Crime Story, and his rumored relationship with fellow prosecutor Marcia Clark.
"I think the trial was lost way before then," Darden toldToday's Savannah Guthrie, speaking directly on one of the most fascinating moments in the trial: those damn gloves. "I think the whole glove thing was just the most brilliant move in the criminal courtroom in the history of American jurisprudence." However, Darden insists, regret simply isn't in the cards. "It's the past," Darden said. "I think desperate times call for desperate measures."
As for American Crime Story, a.k.a. the most-watched new show of the year, Darden hasn't bothered giving it a spin. "Not paying a lot of attention to it," Darden proposed. "I think that's the healthiest thing for me to do." Adding that he knew the series "would not be accurate," Darden said he mostly skipped the FX phenomenon because (of course) he lived through the real thing.
Darden also spoke on rumors of some sort of a romantic relationship with Clark, avoiding a definitive answer in favor of general logic. "People want a happy ending to what was a terrible ending, a terrible story," he told Today. "If I were to say that I had a relationship with Marcia Clark, people would say we lost the case because we were more interested in intimacy than in the law and the facts."
Worried that your recently revived obsession with the Simpson trial may soon found itself starving for more content? Fear not. The five-part 30 for 30 docuseries on the life and career (and trial) of O.J. Simpson, entitled O.J.: Made in America, is set to premiere on ABC on June 11 before finishing its run on ESPN starting June 14. According to director Ezra Edelman, Made in America is a "story about everything," i.e. not just the trial: