In the climactic finale of The Offer, viewers finally see producer Albert S. Ruddy’s fate regarding releasing ‘The Godfather.’ Still, interestingly enough, he shifts his attention towards another film and introduces a young character, Eddie Kurland, into this story… This raises questions about Eddie Kurland’s real existence and his connection to Al Ruddy in the offing.
Who is Eddie Kurland in The Offer?
In the 10th episode called ‘Brains and Balls,’ Al Ruddy, played by Miles Teller, prepares for the release of The Godfather with Robert Evans. They talk about Ruddy’s next task, a possible sequel to the fabled gangster movie with Eddie Kurland, an enthusiastic young film-lover from Paramount backlot. As portrayed by Nicholas Petroccione, Eddie declares his love for cinema and asks the experienced producer to consider an offer of employment.
Ruddy eventually decides to mentor Eddie. The series reflects their performance on the sets of Ruddy’s next project, a 1974 sports comedy film titled ‘The Longest Yard.’
Did He Work with Al Ruddy in Real Life?
This contradicts what transpired in the storyline of ‘The Offer,’ where Eddie Kurland worked with Al Ruddy. However, Eddie Kurland is a fictional character of the series and does not reflect on any existing person. Al Ruddy might have guided the budding producers in Hollywood, but there is no documented proof of a specific name, Eddie Kurland being his direct protege.
In addition, a critical analysis of the credits for ‘The Longest Yard’ does not show any person called Eddie Kurland portraying him as a fictional character.
Was Eddie Kurland an Associate or a Friend of Al Ruddy?
The final episode portrays Kurland’s to Ruddy in the early days of approaching Robert Evans. This mentor-mentee relationship completes Ruddy’s character arc by forming a nice conclusion about the producer’s travails in the given series. While underlining the fictional quality of Eddie Kurland, this device plays a role in the in-story visualization of how mentorship is cyclical within Hollywood.
Eddie Kurland is a character reflecting creative storytelling crafted into ‘The Offer’ to liven the plot and accentuate the mentor/mentee relationship epitomizing Al Ruddy.