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June 22, 1994

O.J. Simpson Has Cameo In Training Movie About Ethics, Morality With AM-Simpson-Abuse Laws, Bjt

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A short film about morality and ethics made for corporate and school use has a star-studded cast, including O.J. Simpson.

″It’s very clearly a values film, so it’s ironic at the moment,″ said Kris Winter, president of Mentor Media Inc., the film’s distributor.

Simpson, a football great who turned to acting and sports broadcasting, is charged with the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Winter described the 24-minute training film ″For Goodness Sake″ as a kind of ″Golden Rules for the ’90s,″ with a humorous approach. It was produced by the Micah Center for Ethical Monotheism, a non-profit foundation in Culver City.

Customers can request copies of the movie with or without Simpson’s cameo appearance, Winter said. A PBS station in Los Angeles, KCET, is broadcasting the movie Saturday without the Simpson segment.

Four buyers have asked to trade in already purchased copies for edited versions. But Winter said Wednesday many requests are coming in for the film intact with Simpson.

The center wouldn’t comment on the film, which sells for $695 to corporations but is available for less to schools. It was released in January and is making its television debut on KCET.

Program host Dennis Prager introduces the segment with Simpson. It takes place in a restaurant. Prager comments that people are often presented with a menu of temptations.

Simpson and a woman are then shown examining their own menus. Winter identified the woman as Kim Coles, star of the Fox show ″Living Single.″

″Cheating on taxes looks interesting. Or perhaps scalping theater tickets,″ Coles says.

″How about spreading an unsubstantiated rumor?″ Simpson says.

Simpson donated his time ″because he wanted to support a positive message, particularly with young people,″ Winter said.

Jason Alexander, Julia Sweeney, Scott Bakula, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows also appear in the movie.

″Frogmen,″ a television pilot Simpson filmed this spring in which he plays a former Navy SEAL who turns to private security work, is on the shelf.

The pilot for NBC wasn’t picked up for the coming season, said Warner Bros. Television, one of its producers.

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