Entourage is set to return to the big screen this summer. To celebrate this amazing TV show that lasted a whopping 8 seasons, we invite you to take a look at 10 Entourage facts you won’t know.
1. Boxing Fight
Every boxing match shown on a TV in Entourage is the exact same fight. Jerry Ferrara, who plays Turtle, said: “I have that fight memorised”.
Kevin Connolly, who plays E, had retired from acting when he got the call about a role in Entourage. He nearly turned it down until he learnt the part of Eric had been written specifically with him in mind.
Vince Chase’s experience with his first blockbuster, Aquaman, was inspired by Mark Wahlberg’s experience on Wolfgang Petersen’s The Perfect Storm (2000), which was the actor’s first major blockbuster.
4. Actor Inspirations
Ari Gold’s character is loosely based on Ari Emanuel, who was an American talent agent at Endeavor agency. Many of the Gold’s star clients are actually Ari Emanuel’s real clients, including Larry David and Vin Diesel.
The character of Johnny Drama is based on Johnny Alves, who is Mark Wahlberg’s cousin.
Billy Walsh’s character was inspired by one of the show’s writers, Rob Weiss, as well as the director Vincent Gallo.
5. Let’s Hug It Out, Bitch
The most famous quote from the TV show is Ari Gold’s “Let’s hug it out, bitch”, which he said in the second episode of season one. The line, however, was never in the script, and creator Doug Ellin has stated it was Jeremy Piven, who plays Ari, who came up with the catchphrase.
Piven came up with the line as he knew Kevin Connolly hated to be touched, and so he came up with the line so he could hug him. Piven later said: “I thought it would be very unsettling to hug him, so it just kind of happened”. It has since been ranked #6 in the 100 Greatest Quotes and Catchphrases list, even beating Diff’rent Strokes’ “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
6. The Lincoln License Plate
The license plate on the Lincoln seen in the opening credits is a reference to the four main characters’ hometown. The license plate on the 1965 Lincoln Continental is: QSV 11427 – which is the zip code to Vince’s hometown of Queens Village, New York.
7. Cal the Chef
The guys were originally meant to have a live-in chef named Cal; however, most of his lines were absorbed by Johnny Drama. The oldest Chase brother therefore became the gang’s regular chef.
8. The Scene
The episode “The Scene” in season one is loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s Boogie Nights experience.
Episode 7 of season 1 introduced us to Billy Walsh, who convinced Vince that he wanted to shoot a homoerotic scene in the movie Queen’s Boulevard, and Wahlberg stated his experience on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights inspired the plotline.
Jeremy Piven only accepted the role of Ari Gold as it was created by HBO. Whilst he thought the script was funny, he wasn’t sure whether the show was right for him, as he wasn’t the lead. However, with HBO producing shows such as The Sopranos and Sex and the City, he knew it would be something special.
Medellin is the movie that Vince chased for many years before he finally starred in the film. A trailer was created for the fictional movie and even included the website link: www.medellinthefilm.com. Well, the link actually works, and here you will find the movie’s trailer, stills, a movie synopsis and an interview with Vinnie Chase.
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