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'The People v. O.J. Simpson': Director Says He Couldn't Refuse the Job, Talks "Dream Team"

HaydnSpurrell HaydnSpurrell Ryan Murphy came to Anthony Hemingway with an offer to join the creative team behind The People v. O.J. Simpson around 18 months ago, making it a third project the director had collaborated with Murphy on.

When Murphy approached him, he couldn't refuse. "Basically, he didn't allow me to say no. He told me I was doing the [O.J.] show," Hemingway said with a laugh. When the project came to him, Hemingway had plenty of questions.

"I wanted to know what the angle was going to be, what the through-line or the point of view of the show was going to be. Having lived through the most galvanizing story in our history, I wanted to know what we were going to learn that we didn't already know about the case. At the same time, what was the show's purpose? Was it going to make a statement or not?"

"They quickly assured me and kind of enlightened me as to what you're seeing [on the show]. So I quickly said yes and I'm so thankful and excited to be part of it." Hemingway calls the team, led by Murphy, the "Dream Team," both on camera and off.

He approached the at times dry process of office and courtroom shooting scenes with the mentality that "life isn't static."

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Source: Variety

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