The three actors admitted their apprehensions before immediately accepting the script and tackling the giant of such a timeless novel.
"People call you up and say, 'Do you want to do Catch-22?' and your first answer is 'No' because it is beloved and you don't want to mess with it," Clooney shared.
Chandler also said he "wasn't so sure about it."
He told emmy, "It was quite obvious that this was going to be a challenge and it was going to be very enjoyable and the people involved too."
Clooney joked that Chandler had other motivations for accepting the role as Colonel Cathcart and that he "didn't care about us."
The Bloodline actor obliged, "Fine! Money! Money!"
Clear eyes, full pockets, can't lose!
Abbott admitted that he never even read Catch-22 in high school when it was required reading. However, he's grateful for that now because reading it as an adult gave him a whole different perspective on it, which he found to be "so nice."
Chandler said of both the book and series, "It is madness, bureaucracy, a mixture of war and a mixture of ego and death and dark humor. It's just got so many qualities to it."
Abbott praised the fact that the story is "all over the place in a good way."
"The extremes and the ends of the spectrum that it constantly facilitates between I think is really unique and something that people haven't seen before," he said.
Other than the show being "beautiful to look at," according to Chandler, being in the midst of it wasn't too shabby either.
"It was an incredible group of guys, an incredible cast. The script itself lent a certain type of camaraderie," Abbott shared.
Self-admitted prankster Clooney quipped, "Other than the restraining order between Chris, Kyle and myself, we got along pretty well."
Abbott hailed Clooney as a director and his ability to make everything "very clear" and that he "gives you room to do your thing."
The Girls actor continued, "He creates a world on set where everyone is equal and everyone's having fun. That's the most important thing."
Clooney patted himself on the back for that one.
"When I direct myself, I'm very, very gentle because I know that I'm doing a great job and I know I did exactly what the director's asking," he joked.
Chandler called his co-stars "fantastic" and lauded the "fun set" they were on.
Clooney piggy-backed on that and said, "I think everybody got along because everyone came in with the exact same mindset, which is 'Let's do good work and let's be kind and considerate to one another.'"
emmy hits newsstands on May 10 and Catch-22 premieres on Hulu on May 17.