A dead rat in bed: this is how the mob boss threatened when they filmed The Godfather

The detail that is revealed in the 10-episode series The Offerwhich opens Thursday, is that mob pressure was just one of many difficulties that Ruddy, Evans and others involved navigated to get the movie of The Godfather.

By Alicia Rancilio

NEW YORK, April 25 (AP) .- On a trip to New York in the early 1970s, Robert Evans, the former head of Paramount, discovered a dead rat in his hotel bed. According to the series Paramount+ The Offerthis was not an unfortunate experience that would lead to a bad travel review, but rather a warning from the mafia.

Crime boss Joseph Colombo believed that Mario Puzo’s book The Godfather it was an insult to Italian-Americans and he didn’t want Paramount to adapt it for the big screen.

The scene is both terrifying and hilarious as Evans, played by Matthew Goode, runs out of town after ordering the film’s producer, Al Ruddy (Miles Teller), to fix him.

The detail that is revealed in the 10-episode series The Offerwhich opens Thursday, is that mob pressure was just one of many difficulties Ruddy, Evans and others involved navigated to get the movie made.

“I couldn’t believe some of the stories,” Goode said.

Patrick Gallo, who plays Puzo, added, “If you love the movie, you won’t believe the things that went into making it.”

Although The Godfather is an extreme example, Colin Hanks, who plays one of the executives of the company that owned Paramount at the time, Gulf + Western, believes that The Offer it’s a window into how hard it is to do anything in Hollywood.

“It is an interesting series for people who have seen The Godfather and they love it The Godfather because obviously they will know the locations, they will know the characters and they will be able to know about the making of the film. But I think that even for someone who has not seen The Godfather It’s a pretty interesting review of how hard it is.”

It also shows how fickle Hollywood can be.

“I’ve talked to really acclaimed and well-known filmmakers who made an amazing movie and then assumed they could do whatever they wanted to do next and they couldn’t,” Teller said. “Even some really big movie stars, you’d be surprised how quickly the enthusiasm for them fades if they’re not having a hit. And someone said to me, ‘In this business, nobody cares what you did two years ago.’ I think nobody cares what you did seven months ago. It’s a constant testing ground.”

The Offer shows a heroic image of Ruddy, who protected the creative vision of director Francis Ford Coppola, while resisting the pressures of everyone else. It portrays how Coppola desperately wanted then-unknown stage actor Al Pacino for the role of Michael Corleone, which initially shocked Evans and Gulf + Western. He also thought that Marlon Brando was perfect as Don Corleone, even though Brando was considered very unreliable at the time. Ruddy persisted and made it happen.

“If he believed in someone and told you he had your back, he did. He made it to the end,” Teller said.

Ruddy was the sole producer on the film, a rarity in today’s Hollywood, but his support system included his assistant Bettye McCartt, who was by his side throughout.

Juno Temple, who plays McCartt, said it was “one of the highest honors” of her career to bring to the screen the partnership of Ruddy and McCartt, who trusted each other.

avid Fogler plays Francis Ford Coppola in a scene from the series The Offer. Photo: AP

“You always hear things like ‘men and women can’t be friends.’ If you can. They can be best friends and they can do (expletive) so amazing together.”

Dan Fogler, who plays Coppola, noted that The Offer it’s a reminder of the director’s brilliance and that he’d love it to have his stamp of approval.

“I wonder what he thinks of all this. I hope you will give us your blessing,” she said. For now, Coppola has dismissed the project, saying in March to Variety what The Offer It doesn’t match his memories of what happened.

Hollywood hasn’t finished telling all about The Godfather. A film about the journey to achieve this classic, starring Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal and titled Francis and the Godfatheris also on the way.