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David Schwimmer Reveals Details on Robert Kardashian

24 Mar 2016

The actor played the lawyer in the TV reenactment of the OJ Simpson Trial

Robert Kardashain is probably most well-known for being the father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian. However, the late lawyer rose to fame years ago, when he represented OJ Simpson during his highly publicised murder trial.

Now, the trial has come alive again in the form of a mini TV series, with none other than former Friends star David Schwimmer filling in Kardashian's shoes. Schwimmer believes it was the pressure and resulting fallout from the OJ Simpson trial that may have killed Robert Kardashian.

The actor/director believes O.J.'s lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian never truly recovered from the drama that ensued during the court case. Schwimmer, who portrays Kardashian's late dad in The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story claims the 1995 double-murder trial changed the law man "profoundly in probably every way".

"This is just my guess, but he never really recovered after that trial," Schwimmer told The Hollywood Reporter. "His health deteriorated, it ruined the new romantic relationship he was in."

David admits the idea of Robert Kardashian as a tragic figure helped him perfect the role in Glee creator Ryan Murphy's new TV hit.

"I certainly made the choice as an actor and with the writers that the trial had a devastating effect on Robert, and he's actually kind of a tragic figure," he added. "He's someone who was dealt a really bad blow by the entire ordeal and then not too much longer afterwards we lost him."

Robert Kardashian lost his cancer battle in 2003. Meanwhile, Schwimmer refused to meet with his character's famous offspring as he researched the role, choosing instead to speak to Kardashian's ex-wife Kris Jenner. And, having really studied the type of fiercely private character Robert was, David admits he's a little shocked by how his kids turned out.

"It is ironic that his offspring became internationally famous," he explained. "It's also interesting that his celebrity was totally accidental and unintentional. It was inadvertently thrust into every household in America and it's not something he pursued or even enjoyed."

The show is receiving warm reviews, but David only hopes the Kardashian family members are happy with his portrayal: "I hope they feel that I played him with respect, that I tried to convey a real person with real strong beliefs and convictions."

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