NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6:16 PM
To prepare for his role in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” David Schwimmer was forced to keep up with the Kardashians.
The actor, set to play the nuanced role of defense attorney Robert Kardashian in the new drama series about the infamous case, tells the Daily News he spoke to Kris Jenner to learn more about her famous ex-husband.
“(We) had one conversation, but it was over two hours,” Schwimmer said Monday. “I was interested in who Robert was as a husband and a father, any little inkling that she could give me about his private life.”
“I didn’t realize until speaking to her that he was a man of great faith,” he continued. “He was very religious, had a personal relationship with God, prayed several times a day.”
Kris Jenner spoke to Schwimmer about Kardashian, her former husband and the father to her four children.
The “Friends” star added that Kardashian was faced with considerable drama of his own during the trial, as he was very close with Simpson, who was being tried for murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her perceived lover, Ronald Goldman. But Jenner, the mother of Kardashian’s now-famous four children, was extremely good friends with Nicole Simpson, which created a conflict for the defense attorney.
“There was a great divide between how Kris felt and how Robert felt and that certainly wasn’t pleasant for the family to go through,” Schwimmer said.
Schwimmer wasn’t the only actor in the new series that went above and beyond to learn about their character.
Though she didn’t meet with a world-famous reality star, Sarah Paulson did everything she could to embody her character, prosecutor Marcia Clark, in the weeks leading up to filming.
Robert Kardashian (center, left) defended O.J. Simpson (center, right) in the famous 1995 murder trial.
John Travolta, meanwhile, focused on picking up the speaking style and cadence of his character, eccentric defense attorney Robert Shapiro.
“There’s about 27 words in the English language to describe Shapiro, some of them are complimentary, some of them are not,” Travolta said.
“He was certainly shrewd, crafty and like any great lawyer he understood how to hire great experts and put them together,” he continued.
The new series, which also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson and Selma Blair as Jenner, is set to premiere on FX on Feb. 2, 2016.
With PETER SBLENDORIO