Paramount+ dives deep into cinematic history with The Offer, which lays bare the creative process behind one of the greatest movies ever made: The Godfather. Hollywood celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary by gathering together some of today’s brightest stars to recount the story of how America’s most beloved mobster move almost didn’t get made. With the first three episodes aired, it’s already the talk of the town.
The stellar cast is made up of Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick) as super producer Albert Ruddy, Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar 2) as real-life mafia boss Joe Colombo, Patrick Gallo (The Irishman) as original author Mario Puzo, and Dan Fogler (The Walking Dead) as Coppola himself. There are many more behind the scenes players who make an appearance, all leading to the same inevitable conclusion: the true story of the Godfather is almost as incredible as its fiction.
Fogler and Gallo spoke to Screen Rant about which bits of film lore were more surprising to them, and why they have so much respect for Coppola.
Screen Rant: There’s a lot of never-before-heard stories here. What surprised you the most when you found out this actually happened?
Did you have a chance to like chat with him?
After ditching his job at the Rand Corporation for a shot in Hollywood, Al Ruddy wins the job to produce Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel, The Godfather, for Paramount Pictures. Joe Colombo, a rising crime boss in the New York City Mafia, has a darker fate in mind for the picture.
Check out our interview with stars Burn Gorman, Matthew Goode & Colin Hanks and with Giovanni Ribisi as well.
More: Godfather Book & Movie Timeline Explained (& What The Offer Changes)
The Offer episodes 1 – 3 are now streaming on Paramount+, with new episodes dropping every Thursday.