Producers passionate about 'Pacific'

While war is hell, at least it was nicely catered Wednesday night when HBO premiered its WWII miniseries “The Pacific” at the Chinese theater with an after-party at the Roosevelt.

The series’ first episode was intro’d by exec producers Steven Spielberg, who spoke of the “passion, truth and authenticity” the cast and crew brought to the project; and Tom Hanks, who noted the “scope” of the series, saying it’s “the widest horizon ever put on television.”

“We never saw it as a series,” said exec producer Gary Goetzman. “We always thought of it as a big honkin’ movie.”

With a bloody war film about to start, Hanks got one of the evening’s few laughs by shouting “Showtime sucks!” just as the lights were dimming.

There was, of course, a major turnout of HBO execs, including topper Bill Nelson, co-prexy Richard Plepler and programming prexy Michael Lombardo, who spoke of the series “walking a fine line in showing both heroism and being unflinchingly honest about the brutality of war.”

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