In The Offer, a new Paramount limited series on the making of The Godfather, Al Ruddy (Miles Teller), the film's sole producer, gets an unexpected meeting with two FBI investigators. As this uneven and self-indulgent ten-part tale illustrates, such shady meetings are par for the course on a production tangled in problems and controversy. Of course, these challenges are overcome; the producer swiftly charms the FBI investigators looking into Ruddy's burgeoning ties with New York crime boss Joe Colombo (Giovanni Ribisi, in full ham mode). When asked why he quit Hogan's Heroes, the hit sitcom he co-created, to pursue a career in film, Ruddy says, "TV is too confining." On television, you can't tell true stories. It's a ruse. Marlon Brando, on the other hand, does not appear on television."
Take, for example, a scene in the fourth episode where Ruddy and his shrewd assistant Bettye McCartt (Juno Temple, reprising her spunky ballbuster turn on Ted Lasso) are negotiating for The Godfather. "I wasn't sure you knew what you were doing when I first started working for you," she admits. "Well, let me tell you something. You're accomplishing something significant. That's why I'm willing to give up my love life in exchange for reading Godfather rewrites. "All that matters is that you fucking swing." Despite dozens of characters and multiple registers – work porn procedural, crime drama, character comedy, and Hollywood paean – the series is ultimately about Ruddy's heroic persistence as producer.
The Offer Story
Colombo and the Italian American Civil Rights League's animosity for the film "The Offer" is prompted by Frank Sinatra's belief that the character Johnny Fontane is based on him.
Although Alamy Puzo stated that Fontane was based on Sinatra, Sinatra had plenty of other reasons to target Puzo even before the novel was published.
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The author had written a scathing essay in the New York Times Magazine about Sinatra and the Italian American Civil Rights League, stating that it was absurd to suggest that organised crime in America was not controlled by Italian Americans. He also compared Sinatra to a mafia boss, calling the League's activities "complete craziness."
For years, rumours swirled about Sinatra that he was having an affair.