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People v. O.J. Simpson finale: John Travolta on the moment that touched him most

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The “trial of the century” concluded for the second time Tuesday evening with the finale of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and while TV viewers already knew the verdict this time around, the episode still packed plenty of riveting drama.

At the red-carpet premiere for the closing chapter, EW caught up with series star John Travolta, who played defense attorney Robert Shapiro, and he shared the finale moments that resonated with him the most.

“The thing that touched me the deepest was the [Christopher] Darden and [Marcia] Clark relationship,” said Travolta, referring to the two prosecutors trying to put Simpson away. “And then Darden embracing the Goldman family — that was worth the whole price of the ticket for me. This is what race relationships should be, and this other side is the aberrated version of what it shouldn’t be.”

Speaking to his own character, Travolta said his portrayal hinged on Shapiro’s desire for “mediation and settlement.”

“I think Robert was just hoping to get a lesser sentence,” Travolta said.” I don’t think he ever really thought that [Simpson] would get off.”