John Travolta will be in FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J.” The 60-year-old actor will play Robert Shapiro, who was part of O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team”. He defended him on two counts of murder after the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Travolta will also serve as a producer of the 10-part miniseries. It will be his first television role since “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
The 10-episode first season examines the Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court.
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Simpson and “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson plays prosecutor Marcia Clark. David Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian.
Besides fans watching Travolta in “American Crime Story”, he can also be seen in the upcoming “The Forger”. The film is about a second-generation petty thief who arranges to get out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. In his interview with Britain’s The Independent, he spoke of his love of art.
“I went to Hong Kong, and I studied with a famous instructor there, and then in the US with another gentleman. I had studied watercolor years ago because I loved Hopper, Edward Hopper, and my grandfather was a painter, and my brother paints. I took it up as well. But I really wanted to understand what a forger might feel he has to do to duplicate that.”
Travolta also revealed that he shelved a biography about him because he was grieving. In 2009, his 16-year-old autistic son Jett Travolta died from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas.
He said, “After my son passed, I was not in the mood for sharing my life. It was a good book, but I just decided to stop.”
Travolta and wife Kelly Preston now have a son named Benjamin and a daughter, Ella Bleu.
Will you tune into John Travolta in “American Crime Story”?[photo credit: Guillaume P. Boppe]