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'The Offer': Giovanni Ribisi on Why He Was Terrified to Play the Infamous Mob Boss Joe Colombo

Based on the extraordinary experiences of Academy Award-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy while making The Godfather, the Paramount+ original series The Offer shows the wild journey the New York City gangster film that had the approval of the actual mob remarkably took on its way to becoming one of the great cinematic masterpieces. In order to make the movie happen, Ruddy (Miles Teller) needed to get Paramount Pictures’ head of production Robert Evans (Matthew Goode), mob boss Joe Colombo (Giovanni Ribisi), the money guys (Burn Gorman, Colin Hanks), author Mario Puzo (Patrick Gallo) and director Francis Ford Coppola (Dan Fogler) all on the same page long enough to finish the production and assemble what they all knew it had the potential to be.
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Giovanni Ribisi on ‘The Offer’ He Couldn’t Refuse, Plus His Future in ‘Avatar’

Giovanni Ribisi never really thought about it, until now. When he walks down the street, people who recognize him often want to chat for a minute or two about different credits. He’s 47 years old and has spent much of his life in front of a camera, appearing in everything from his first credit, a 1985 episode of Highway to Heaven, to The Wonder Years, Saving Private Ryan, the Mod Squad movie, Boiler Room, Lost in Translation, Friends, Public Enemies, Avatar, and Sneaky Pete. Not surprisingly, it’s usually Boiler Room or Avatar or Friends that people gush about.
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Giovanni Ribisi on His Transformation into Joe Colombo for 'The Offer'

This story is part of I'm So Obsessed (subscribe here), our podcast featuring interviews with actors, artists, celebrities and creative types about their work, career and current obsessions. The Godfather is often lauded as one of the greatest films of all time. Based on the book by Mario Puzo, the...
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