When/if O.J. Simpson is given an early release from prison, one of his first stops may be the set of Charlie Sheen’s sitcom Anger Management.
So reports The New York Post, which claims The Juice is hoping to land a recurring role on the struggling sitcom, while producers — and, reportedly, Sheen himself — are anxious to bring him on the show for the massive ratings boost the one-time NFL great and accused double murderer will almost certainly deliver.
Simpson’s longtime promoter, Norman Pardo, tells the Post he pitched the idea to FX execs, who reportedly loved the idea.
“O.J. would play a thinly veiled version of himself — a famous con who’s pissed off about being unjustly incarcerated,” said Pardo, who claimed that he mailed Simpson some ideas about the role last month, and that Simpson expressed interest.
“I could see O.J. pulling in record numbers for the show, especially if there are parallels to his sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping in the Vegas case. A lot people feel that was way too harsh,” one of the show’s cast members (who declined to be indentifed) reportedly told Pardo.
Simpson will appear at a parole board hearing on July 25, at which point the judge will determine whether to grant early release from the 33-year sentence stemming from his 2008 conviction for kidnapping and robbing two sports-collectibles dealers.