Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (aka ‘Theo Huxtable’ from The Cosby Show) is now making waves as he takes part in re-enacting the infamous OJ case that fascinated America in “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”
Warner recently spoke about his experience playing O.J.’s best friend and infamous Bronco driver Al Cowlings, and also shared his feelings about his former TV dad, Bill Cosby, who has been dominating news headlines over the sexual allegation cases against him.
Malcolm, who spent eight seasons on “The Cosby Show,” reveals that he is still in touch with Cosby and while it’s not a good situation, he has chosen to separate the man he knows from what is being reported in the media. He also speaks about working on ‘The People vs. OJ Simpson’ and re-enacting that historic bronco chase.
More details + video of Warner’s interview below…
In an interview with ExtraTV’s Charissa Thompson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner shares his take on Bill Cosby’s sexual abuse scandal and reveals that he’s managed to keep in contact with his television father.
“We’ve always had a good relationship, he’s always been wonderful to me and he’s been really wonderful to a lot of people…It’s not a good situation for anybody for him, his family or the women and their families, it’s just a bad situation all around.”
Malcolm also blasted the media coverage surrounding Bill, and states that people aren’t reading past the explosive headlines:
“I think what was more difficult was to separate the headlines from the headlines, the media paints a certain picture that if you don’t do due diligence and actually spend time looking through the stories that are being told you are just going on what you’re being spoon fed.”
He goes on to elaborate:
“I’m neither defending him nor throwing him under the bus, I’m looking at the media’s role and how the media forms public opinion.”
FX’s series a huge hit with millions of people tuning in, and this week’s episode featured the infamous Bronco slow speed chase scene.
Malcolm tells Charissa where he was when the actual chase went down, stating:
“I was home folding clothes and my mom called me and said, hey you got to turn on the TV and I remember being glued to the TV.”
Warner also explains what it was like to shoot the emotional bronco scene:
“We had to take some kind of dramatic license with obviously only AC and OJ know what went on inside that truck, so we kind of went on what we would all imagine went on, OJ’s back there with a gun to his head and the cops are chasing him.”
Cowling has reportedly said he will sue the production if he;s portrayed in a negative light, but Malcolm feels that would all be in vain.
“I heard that, I can definitely say we don’t portray him in a bad light at all, I portray him as a guy who is really there for his best friend. ”
What do you think of Malcom Jamal-Warner’s recent interview?
Are you surprised he’s still in touch with Bill Cosby?