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A famous black man is charged for murdering his wife. After sensational trial, he has received innocent. A criticism from all sides of a Los Angeles district attorney is prosecuted.

Sound familiar?

There is reason for it. Marcia Clark, the DA who famously named O.J. Simpson acts as an executive producer and co-writer on the ABC play The Fix. In the series, district attorney Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) is drawn back to the city and the profession she left when the second woman Sevvy Johnson films is murdered and Sevvy is the main suspect. to it. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is Sevvy, a man who claims he is innocent even when the evidence against him is coming up.

B & # 39 might be better known about Mr mysterious Eko to play Lost, Akinnuoye-Agbaje Sevvy implies with complex emotions and stimuli. One you think is not guilty, the next you are sure he did it.

Paste they recently had the opportunity to speak to Akinnuoye-Agbaje about inspiring character inspired by O.J. Simpson, working with Clark, and her new film, Farming, which tells the story of his childhood.[[[[Editor's note: The following interview is arranged lightly for clarity and duration.]


Paste: When I'm watching the show, my mind keeps changing under Sevvy. I can not decide whether he is innocent or guilty. Did you know that Sevvy undertook the project?

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje: I knew. Duplication is certainly more challenging if you are aware of whether you are guilty or not. It is much more helpful not to be aware. I would accept when I was guilty and would take action where I was innocent. So I had my little techniques. To assess the audience, I commended this to the directors and writers and that's how I played it.


Paste: How do you start playing a character that was twice charged with murder?

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: I think it's like any character I played. I had many suspicious characters in my life. Each of them has been charged with certain crimes, and none of those things are truly committed in my real life. Of course, with Sevvy Johnson there was a lot of material that inspired the series, so I was able to get to grips with Marcia too. We reviewed evidence. I watched the O.J.: Made in America documentary. I did a lot of research around the case but to put me in the kind of character character I was playing.


Paste: You do not play O.J. Simpson, but it is clearly motivated by Sevvy.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: Although fictional, it gave me a rich resource to pull out of. I was around. at the time this case was going on, so I had my own references to what I felt and how I saw others reacting, so I had a certain amount of knowledge. I think that one aspect of this character that was interesting to me and that I had not seen in the case or in the media, as it affected him as a person and his family was short, so it was interesting for me – to really look into the background family and the psychological and emotional turmoil that a high profile case like this can affect, and the consequence of that when people who love you start questioning your innocence. That was very exciting, to be honest. It shows how much the man was doing, rather than just saying, “He is a film star who suspects him.” I thought and discussed this with the writers what he had given to a man so come with this. build up a country and himself, because I felt that the bets would be increased and that it would greatly add to his loss.


Paste: It is clear that people will make many comparisons between Sevvy and O.J. Simpson.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: Taking the role was a complex one, as I said, “Well, why are we doing this again? Why are we going to open that wound and change that story again? “As I talk to Marcia and the writers, I realized that it was not to repeat that case in any way, shape, or form. There are obvious similarities, and I think so right: He is a black man on trial in the murder of two white people and a woman who could play Marcia Clark's character. It has been produced and written by Marcia Clark. The pilot is an originating story. People should then draw their own similarities to what happened back.

When it's different when we go into these 10 episodes, it's a fiction. It happens, “What would happen if this happened? What would have happened if he had said this? What would happen if we looked at it from this point of view? ”Many of the issues raised in the case are still relevant today, whether institutional racism is in force in the police force, whether it is sexual in the legal industry, whether the racial profile of black celebrities, is now happening to enough… The impact on him and mentally and emotionally and how he comes into that world. I want to see how this man came. I want to see the human side and want to see what's really going on. I think Marcia is a point of reference for one of the things that makes the story interesting. I could go to her and say, “Did this really happen? Would you really do this when we are in court? ”I felt it was worth revisiting it, because unfortunately, many of the issues that the O.J. the test taken is still very relevant today.


Paste: Marcia Clark has been a public figure for many years. What surprised you when you came together and worked with her?

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: I was surprised to meet her and get to know her directly from a legal aspect, because I have studied the law, so that link was there. The nature of the media shows a particular way for a person, so you tend to have a preview before you meet them… but when you actually hit, you meet the person, and she is a very dynamic and very clever woman. And it's fun. None of this comes from the understanding you get from the media.

She directed some of the scenes in the actors' ear. She was very much part of the creative process. She was not just a name for the show. Not only was she part of her, you could say that it was part of her. The creativity. So it was hard to believe that DA was there. It was like someone who always wanted to be part of the creative process.


Paste: You have “bad guys” before. How was this different?

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: It is much easier for a landlord of drugs who is hitting with guns or a drug dealer who kills as survivors to play a person who is suspected of killing someone he is suffering or has domestic violence. I think it has seriously affected the very close nature of these crimes. It is not a comfortable role to play in any way, but emotionally. From the moment the show starts, everyone is attacking it, so for the other 10 events, such as Sevvy Johnson and as an actor, you have a nervous breakdown. So, while he was very observant, he was very complicated to play that character.


Paste: Sevvy seems to have got under your skin. Was it difficult to leave it at the end of the day?

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: It certainly wasn't difficult to leave it at the end of the day! I would naturally jump out of those clothes, take a cold shower, turn the music, and go back to my reality. It was quite uncomfortable character to play. I was very pleased – as much as I liked working with my actors and production – I was delighted to leave it every night.


Paste: What can we expect for the rest of the season?

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: You have more allergies and more suspects than you believe. This show will return each suspect literally, and at the end of the 10 events you will have your answer. We really go by Maya Travis and we ask, “Is this just revenge? Is she blind to the truth? ”And we're starting to feel your Sevvy. Weight and balance of guilt change as a pendulum… You will not really know if he is guilty or not or if someone else is responsible. In short, it will be a bullet train journey with a thriller.


Paste: I have my theories.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: All I can say, we are early in the race here. Think of it as a marathon and look at the runners coming up from the wings.


Paste: Your movie FarmingYou have a biographical biography as you directed and wrote you. It is about your experience of maintaining a white family when your Nigerian-born parents “farmed” you on a white couple. Tell me about the decision to open life to an audience.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: The decision was actually found from the need to sleep at night. These projects are both personal and cathartic, you do not just because you can not live without telling the story. So I felt about this project – not only would it give me personal medicine, but Farming the laptop of black Brittany went through the same process. Not only would he validate his experience, but he would also make a voice [that] experience. For this reason, it was also important for me to share this story on a wider platform. It was an incredible process – sometimes painful, sometimes redeeming. I love. I feel that I was honored and eventually released after such a long time trying to do it. I feel great and I saw the impact. We have made a series of exhibitions in Switzerland, London and the United States. Because of his influence on people, I noticed that I made the right decision to share the story on such a wide platform.


Paste: I must acknowledge that I did not know about farming practice.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje: You would be forgiven for not knowing. Even the Britons who live here do not know, and I think that one of the great things about this story is not only that parents are giving children away to thousands of white couples in England, but that it was not even known in England. on such a large scale. We in Europe and the U.K are very familiar with the American black experience from slavery to civil rights to African Americans as we know it today, but little is known about the journey of Black experiences. At the heart of that story is really a love story about the importance of parental love. The search for it and finally find the love inside of oneself. Whether you specifically related to the phenomenon of farming or not, you can be caught with it on the universal level.

I think people will get me on a different level and frequency. They will see the making of the film star and the contribution of some of these performances. It is always a nervous experience to put yourself out there but I think the resources were blocking the ends – the result was healing me and a generation of people who were exploited.

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Amy Amatangelo is a freelance writer in Boston, the TV Gal®, a member of the Television Critics Association and the Television Editor for Television. Paste. She was not allowed to watch television much as a child and now her parents have to live with this as a profession. You can follow it on Twitter (@AmyTVGal) or its blog.

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