Ezra Edelman Q&A: Part 5, the epilogue

O.J. Simpson prosecutor: 'No way' O.J. admits guilt (0:46)

Marcia Clark, the head prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case, says O.J. was a classic spousal-abuser and that he will never confess to the murders. (0:46)

Editor's note: On Friday at 9 p.m. ET, ESPN will broadcast the premiere of Part 4 of "O.J.: Made in America," a five-part documentary chronicling the life of one of America's most polarizing figures, O.J. Simpson. ESPN.com sat down with the producer and director of the film, Ezra Edelman, to talk about the legacy of telling the story of the fall of O.J. Simpson.


Part 5 opens with the not guilty verdict and what many felt was a stunning miscarriage of justice, bought by money and celebrity. To black America, though, it was a historic victory. Do you get the sense that the black Americans you interviewed still call the verdict a win?

Ezra Edelman: I think if you look at the polls, the percentage of African-Americans who feel he's innocent has dropped significantly in the last 21 years. I guess that answers your question.

Do any of the characters in this crazy tale ever get together and talk about the old times?

Edelman: We had a premiere the other night in L.A., and there were 15 people from the film there, across all different parts of the film. It was weird to have them all in the same room, and you could tell there were people who hadn't seen each other in years, so that was a little fun to see, and a little awkward in some instances. But I think there are pockets here and there are still in contact with each other.

Are you getting any grief from any of the participants?

Edelman: I'm sure that will come later. Look, I really think we tried to be fair to all sides, and so I hope I don't, but I also can't control how people respond to it. That's the nature of the beast.

Did you try to land an interview with O.J.?

Edelman: I did. I wrote him a letter. I never heard back.

What are your feelings about the man, personally?

Edelman: I don't know, but he's responsible for two long years of my life. That's my feelings about him. I'm kind of divorced from him as a character, emotionally. I don't know that my feelings about him are relevant, one way or the other. And I don't know that my feelings have changed, one way or the other. It's a complicated question, but I don't have any outward opinions about him.

What's next for O.J.?

Edelman: He's up for parole soon. It's possible that he'll be in prison for many more years, and it's possible he'll be out in the next two years. Maybe that will be Part 6 of the documentary.

The O.J. Simpson story changed the course of countless lives. Of the characters in your film, who struggles with it the most, to this day?

Edelman: The families of the victims, who should not be ignored or lost in all of this. There were two people who lost their lives in brutal fashion, and their families have been dealing with the aftermath for 22 years. I don't think there's anything comparable to what the families experienced.

Looking back at the complicated, two-year production, what are you most proud of as a filmmaker?

Edelman: That we had a core group of a very few of us who did a lot of work, and we cohered a lot of material in a relatively short amount of time to put something together that seems to be engaging people. That's what I'm most proud of. There's nothing specifically within the film that I'm more proud of.

This will go down as the definitive account of the O.J. Simpson story. Are there any questions left unanswered in your mind? Something that's gnawing at you?

Edelman: Naw, I'm good. I've satisfied my O.J. fix forever.