Sacha Baron Cohen's sit-down with O.J. Simpson is painfully awkward

by Dwayne Torres August 28, 2018, 0:29
Sacha Baron Cohen's sit-down with O.J. Simpson is painfully awkward

Throughout the interview, the fake Italian playboy offers a large sum of money for a confession from Simpson about his infamous murder trial and says: "Me and you, we got something in common".

He later lost a wrongful death civil suit to Nicole's family, and published a book titled If I Did It, which was a theoretical account of how he would've murdered his wife. In 2008, Simpson was found guilty on 12 counts, ranging from robbery to assault, after breaking into a man's hotel room to steal sports memorabilia.

Sacha Baron Cohen saved one of his most controversial guests on Who Is America? for last.

"No, I didn't kill nobody", Simpson said chuckling, and raising his hands in protest.

"Well, first of all, she wasn't my wife", Simpson responded.

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"[My girlfriend is] gorgeous but sometimes I want to kill her", "Gio" says at one point. Gio said he'd like to "send her on a private helicopter and throw her over the Grand Canyon- oopsy daisy".

In a promotional video from Showtime released Sunday, Simpson appeared for a conversation with one of Cohen's characters.

Cohen then gave Simpson a high-five and continued to joke about the ways he'd like to murder his girlfriend, and then alluded to having killed his fictional ex-wife. Cohen's character said he also wanted to meet Simpson's former lawyer Johnnie Cochran.

People doubted him, but in the first season of his new TV show, Sacha Baron Cohen brought the fire week after week. Said Monaldo: 'What I hate about the press is you make a tiny little slip, and that's all they remember you for. The interview starts with "Gio" heaping praise on the former football star, ironically referring to him as a "women's rights activist".

The much-ballyhooed interview segment with former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin - rumoured to be nixed by production after outcry from the politician - did not air as part of the episode. 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.

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