Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson premiered last night and immediately brought audiences back to the much simpler time of 1995 when the country was gripped by the trial of football star O.J. Simpson.
The series, which will run for 10 episodes, has immediately been praised by audiences and critics alike, and already earned a score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But now that the first episode has aired, and most of the main characters have been introduced, just how closely have the characters been cast? Take a look at a comparison between the actors of American Crime Story and their real-life counterparts and judge for yourself:
Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark
Having starred in every season of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story series, Paulson will now take on the role of lead prosecutor Marcia Clark. Paulson told E! that she hoped her portrayal of Clark would change the public perception of the prosecutor, saying:
"All I want is for there to be a proper holding for who Marcia Clark is in the world instead of this two-dimensional idea that was slapped together by the media... For Marcia, she was a civil servant, and being scrutinized in that way was never part of what she signed up for ... It was like putting someone into battle without proper armor. She just didn't have that kind of skin."
David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian
David Schwimmer has taken on the role of Robert Kardashian, who today is probably the most famous of O.J. Simpson's "dream team" defense due to his daughters and ex-wife appearing on the reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians. Schwimmer told People that in order to get into the role of Kardashian, who passed away from esophageal cancer in 2003, he spent a lot of time with Kris Jenner learning about the "very humble, very private" lawyer.
Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson
Cuba Gooding Jr. is playing the man at the center of the trial, O.J. Simpson. Despite us knowing that ultimately he was found not guilty, the show is set to explore Simpson's ups and downs throughout the whole trial. Gooding Jr. told Parade that in order to channel Simpson's "charismatic personality" for the role he spoke to many people who personally knew the former football star, and also watched his old tapes.
John Travolta as Robert Shapiro
John Travolta is playing Robert Shapiro, another member of O.J. Simpson's legal team — and, much like Schwimmer, Travolta also bears a pretty uncanny resemblance to Shapiro. According to Travolta, the intense physical transformation was a form of method acting, telling E! "that helps me. If I feel like I look like the guy, I can become him a little easier."
Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin
Into the Woods actor, Billy Magnussen, is taking on the role of the witness for the defense, Kato Kaelin. Kaelin was staying on the Simpson property at the time of the murders, and his story seemed to contradict O.J.'s version of events. However, it was Kaelin's sarcastic ramblings that lead to him being called a hostile witness by Marcia Clark.
Selma Blair as Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner, who was a very good friend of the murder victim, Nicole Brown Simpson (and her accused husband O.J. Simpson), was present for much of the trial, during which she was pregnant with daughter Kendall Jenner and wore maternity clothes that Nicole had given her prior to her death. Earlier last year the famous 'momager' gave her blessing to Selma Blair to play her younger-self in the series, calling the actress "great."
'American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson' episode 2 will screen on Tuesday, February 9th on FX