O.J.'S last laugh
O.J. Simpson was scheduled to sit down with Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw last Wednesday, and he may have been hoping to have the last word — without really having to take the stand. Or maybe he just wanted a break from the ”comedy” his trial inspired.
We may have seen the last of the Dancing Itos, but just two nights before the Dateline NBC interview, Murphy Brown’s Candice Bergen riffed on celebrities and the law; earlier, Seinfeld had a Johnnie Cochran-like lawyer representing Michael Richards’ Kramer in a nuisance suit. Saturday Night Live weighed in with a one-gloved O.J. announcing a game.
Will the jokes ever end? Seinfeld has another O.J. idea, ”but chances are we won’t do it,” says the show’s Larry David. Murphy Brown‘s Bill Diamond likewise predicts retirement for the shtick, which last season led Murphy‘s news crew into a low-speed chase.
Some entertainment can’t help echoing O.J., however. To Die For is Gus Van Sant’s movie about a murdering, media-obsessed vixen (Nicole Kidman). ”When the verdict came down,” says producer Laura Ziskin, repeating one of Kidman’s lines, ”I half expected to see O.J. on the courthouse steps saying ‘Thank God we live in a country where life, liberty, and all the rest of it still stand for something.”’