Watch OJ Simpson on Sacha Baron Cohen's Who is America?
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Aug 28, 2018,
Aug 28, 2018, 0:31
As part of it, he wanted to talk to OJ - who was involved in one of the most documented murder trials in history after being accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
Disguised as his Italian character Gio Monaldo, Baron Cohen tried to explain to his character's girlfriend who Simpson is by recalling his sports and movie career.
Simpson's reactions are uncomfortable, awkward. but totally priceless.
"She knows that, oh Jesus", Simpson says as he laughs.
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in two films in 2016 and then disappeared from screens for two years, laying dormant as he planned his next move. Showtime and Cohen responded, pointing to footage of Cohen interviewing Bernie Sanders as the same character, who did not present himself as a disabled veteran. Who Is America? produced some truly astounding moments (the gun-training-for-kids segment glimpsed at the top of this piece, the jaw-dropping sequence wherein Jason Spencer screamed the N-word before running around a sweaty little boxing gym with his trousers around his ankles), but the final product was uneven at best, and felt toothless at worst.
After Christina left the room, Simpson told Monaldo that she was "gorgeous". "She's gorgeous, but sometimes I want to kill her", he admitted in character as Gio. "I want to send her on a private helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon - oopsy daisy!" When the faux-fashion photographer said he should "maybe send her on a bungee jump", Simpson suggested "the cord's too long", before laughing again. He then makes multiple references about murdering people and even name drops O.J.'s then-lawyer, Johnnie Cochran.
"(He) wants you to be 100% truthful how you got away with it", Baron Cohen said.
"I didn't get away with anything with my wife, either". In Italian it translates to "somebody who, uh, murders women".