Martin Sheen seems to believe that O.J. Simpson didn’t butcher his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
And, no — this is not an April Fools’ Day joke. I swear.
Sheen has sold a six-part series, “Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent,” to Investigation Discovery. The title says it all.
Or does it?
It’s not that big of a leap to wonder if Sheen also believes that NASA staged the moon landings. After all, his guy Simpson co-starred in the 1978 big-screen movie “Capricorn One” — which revolved around NASA staging a landing on Mars. OK, so it wasn’t the moon, but you get the point.
“Hard Evidence,” slated to air early next year — and produced and narrated by Sheen — purports to “reveal shocking new evidence supporting O.J.’s innocence,” and it’s timed (though a little late) to the revived interest in the 1994 double murders thanks to FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which wraps its 10-episode run on Tuesday.
Where that “shocking new evidence” was — after O.J. was found not guilty and spent his time capering on golf courses nationwide while not looking for the “real killers” — remains a mystery. Maybe it was covered up by the big, bad LAPD in the course of weaving its Herculean, elaborate, lightning-quick frame-up of Simpson, somehow defying the laws of time and physics to plant his blood at his Rockingham estate and at the Bundy Drive murder scene — and, as the crème de la crème, mixing it with Brown’s and Goldman’s blood. Maybe the LAPD cops entered the fourth dimension in some “Twilight Zone”-type occurrence and were able to pull it off.
(Cut to Matthew Perry in his best Chandler Bing voice: “Could this be any more ridiculous?”)
“Hard Evidence” will, according to press materials, present “a new theory and never-before-seen evidence to reveal a possible new suspect” in the case. Hopefully it won’t be that pesky drug cartel that took vengeance on an arrears by Faye Resnick by nearly decapitating her best friend and leaving Goldman’s corpse as collateral damage. If Sheen and company are going to air this thing, they should at least come up with something more original. Maybe the barking Akita that alerted a neighbor to the bodies? Was the pooch the real killer? Did the LAPD ever even question the dog — or did they bungle that too? Or maybe it was a murder-suicide: Nicole killed Ron Goldman, then turned the knife on herself. Or vice versa.
Sheen, by the way, is no stranger to conspiracy theories. Back in 2007, after wrapping his run on “The West Wing,” he was one of a handful of showbiz types who publicly voiced their doubts about the Sept. 11 attacks. Sheen’s source? His son, Charlie Sheen — yep, him — who loudly wondered how Building 7, across from the Twin Towers, collapsed later that same horrific day. Nuff said.
“I did not want to believe that my government could possibly be involved in such a thing, I could not live in a country that I thought could do that — that would be the ultimate betrayal,” Sheen Sr. said at the time. “However, there have been so many revelations that now I have my doubts, and chief among them is Building 7. How did they rig that building so that it came down on the evening of the day?”
He really said that.
“The series intends to explore three questions,” he’s now quoted as saying of “Hard Evidence.” “What if there were enough evidence that proved O.J. Simpson did not murder his ex-wife Nicole or Ron Goldman? What if the real killer were still at large? And finally, what if a grand jury convened to reconsider the case based on new evidence?”
Or, what if you shut your pie hole and stick to acting?