Another Racially Charged Trial
Spend one class period watching the Frontline episode "The O.J. Verdict" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/oj/view/) which deals, ten years after the fact, with the cultural and racial implications of the O.J. Simpson trial. Discuss the similarities between that trial and the fictional McCoy trial in terms of public reaction.
The version of Bonfire of the Vanities was a famous disaster in filmmaking. Wishing to make the story more palatable, the studio changed the racist Judge Kovisky to a black Judge played by Morgan Freeman and cast the likable boyish Tom Hanks as the arrogant, selfish Sherman McCoy. They also cast Bruce Willis as an American Peter Fallow. Pretend you have been tasked with casting a remake based on a strict and faithful adaptation of Wolfe's novel. Make a cast list of all the major roles...
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