Honoring one of the greatest films ever made presents a monumentally tall task to any actor. The stars of the new Paramount series reflected on what The Godfather means to them in light of their new roles in The Offer. I think more than anything else its a nice reminder for us actors and creative types that even on one of the greatest movies ever made it almost fell apart Colin Hanks told Variety at the Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night. It could have fallen apart at any moment. And so it sort of gives you a little bit of wind in your sails to keep going no matter what happens.
The Offer follows the highly tumultuous behind the scenes story of Francis Ford Coppolas 1972 classic through the eyes of producer Albert S. Ruddy played by Miles Teller. Hanks plays Barry Lapidus a stern Gulf & Western executive who was against making The Godfather. Zack Schor Justin Chambers Eric Balfour Matthew Goode Patrick Gallo Nora Arnezeder Miles Teller Colin Hanks Burn Gorman Michael Gandolfini Anthony Ippolito and Giovanni Ribisi at the premiere of The Offer held at Paramount Pictures Studio on April 20th 2022 in Los Angeles California. Gilbert Flores for Variety I got to be the guy that comes in and stirs the pot Hanks explained. I got to be the bad guy that says No with a smile. Every time Barry Lapidus walked into a room everyone all of a sudden was on edge. Thats a fun role. Thats a good position to be in. So I had a blast.
Costar Matthew Goode plays Robert Evans the legendary Paramount Pictures executive who greenlit The Godfather. Goode explained the difficulty of getting into the the character of Evans. You can go down so many wormholes on YouTube Goode told reporters on the carpet. So I spent hours and hours on it and I found one particular interview that I thought was brilliant because it summed up his personality. He sort of was so unPC about Robert Redford and all that and so I captured a lot from that. But still hes not a private man so I got to turn him up to 11 at some moments. And I get a great arc because the ups and downs for him are pretty massive in this.
Anthony Ippolito who plays Al Pacino admitted playing the acting icon was super intimidating. Its pretty terrifying it makes you want to throw up he told Variety. But its also a freaking honor and its one of the coolest things that Ive done as an actor. And it made me feel a huge weight of responsibility but I had so much fun. The first three episodes of The Offer debut April 28 on Paramount in the U.S.