It took six episodes, but, to the core of the program, has finally shown the cameras running on the movie that is one of the all-time classics. Of course, as we learned from the previous five episodes of the Paramount Plus series, the behind-the-scenes actions were as engaging as the beginning of film, and continues withepisode 6, "A Stand Up Guy."
After the press conference that Joe Colombo (Giovanni Ribisi) sounded on Al Ruddy (Miles Teller), Ruddy was fired as production is set to begin. This makes a call on whether or not to sell Paramount. What happened and what was actually made up for the show?
In episode 6, we have entered the history to separate whats fact and whats fiction.
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Was Al Ruddy fired from The Godfather?
Al Ruddy has been riding the tightrope throughout his career as producer. First, he was able to confront the mafia, but eventually reached an agreement with Joe Colombo. All of this threatened him to get kicked off the film, but he was brought back through. That is until the press conference with Colombo, where it is directly implied that the Italian Civil Rights League (essentially the mafia) and Gulf + Western agreed.
Ruddy is fired after Colombo hears about him being fired, saying that they cannot produce the movie without him. Eventually, Ruddy is hired back on the screen.
So... Was Ruddy really fired from The Godfather (even if just temporarily)?
Yes. Ruddy was fired following the Colombo press conference, after some backlash and a drop in stock prices for Gulf + Western. Although some extra dramatic flair was added for the series.
Ruddy was not remorseful for his actions in the show, as he was quoted in Mark Seals saying, "Im not interested in what happens to Gulf + Western stock." Im also interested in getting my film made.
The audience for the episode also sparked Al Pacino and Diane Keaton on a sidewalk in New York after spending Christmas shopping. However, the remainder of the scene sat in less eventfully in real life.
According to Mark Seals'' account, Bluhdorn has shut down the production after firing Ruddy, telling Coppola and Evans to search another producer.
Coppola agreed to keep Ruddy up, claiming that he was the only one who could keep the film going. However, there is no indication that Colombo did anything to keep the production going following Ruddy''s firing.
Bluhdorn''s wish of killing Ruddy if he went again to the press was true, apparently. Bluhdorn quotes him saying, "... one more line to the press, and I will personally punish you to death."
Is it true that Robert Evans told Bluhdorn not to sell Paramount?
The real story: After the devastating Colombo press conference, Lapidus (Colin Hanks) and Bluhdorn meet with a prospective purchaser, an oil baron, who gives them a lower-market offer. Unfortunately, that is their only offer.
When Evans arrives to talk to Bluhdorn about the sale, he enters a meeting where the board is on the verge of passing the deal, giving an impassioned speech on the value of movies and how it will be used to save the studio and improve Gulf + Western. It works. Bluhdorn rejects the offer, and Paramount stays under the Gulf + Western banner.
So... did Robert Evans convince Bluhdorn and the Gulf + Western board not to sell Paramount with his movies passion?
The truth is, however, that this appears to be fiction.
While Gulf + Western considered selling Paramount a couple of times, this was not during the creation of. And, although Robert Evans was in charge of the studio during the 60s, he wasn''t what saved Paramount. Instead, it was a business move by Bluhdorn.
Gulf + Western acquired shares of the Italian real estate business Societa Generale Immobiliare (SGI) in 1970. Bluhdorn worked with Michele Sindona, SGI''s accountant, who had connections to the mafia and the Pope, on a deal that saw SGI buy an interest in Paramounts backlot. This gave Gulf + Western some breathing space on the Paramount debts, which were paid off later that year following the release of Paramount''s hit film.
If this sounds familiar, it might be because the Gulf + Western/SGI transaction was an inspiration for the Vatican was at the time of the Gulf + Western transaction...
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