Ezra Edelman on what you don't know about O.J. Simpson

A new documentary called 'O.J.: Made in America' goes beyond the famous trial, unpacking factors like race, Hollywood, pro sports and the LAPD.
O.J. arriving to Rich Stadium for his induction into the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, 1980. (ESPN Films)

The glove, that famous Bronco chase, the highly publicized court proceedings — we know a lot about the O.J. Simpson trial, but what about the parts that have been left out over the years?

Director Ezra Edelman​'s new documentary, O.J.: Made in America, goes beyond the murder case and into the psychology of the man, and the factors that ultimately shaped him and the trial.

"I was initially reluctant to take it on because ... what more could be added? What could be said?" 

O.J. at a Rich Stadium press conference, 1975. (ESPN Films)

Edelman says it was the vastness of the canvas that made him realize he had the time to go deeper into the history and context of Simpson's trial, and get into a "more nuanced tale."

"The story about L.A., about the LAPD, about the black community, about O.J.'s rise to fame, his racial identity — these were all things that I was fascinated by," Edelman says. 

Ezra's documentary isn't so much about exploring the verdict, but how the trial reflects our society, and the dissonance between how Simpson saw himself and how he was seen by the media, law enforcement and surrounding communities. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for O.J.: Made in America, which will be airing in five parts on ABC and ESPN starting this Saturday, June 11.


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