With legions of fans still quoting the show’s most memorable lines (“LOYYYYYYYYDDD!!!!”), Entourage has come to define a genre of television that has yet to be successfully replicated. After eight seasons, the show wrapped up in 2011 but left fans with the hope of a movie. That movie will finally land in a theater near you on June 3, 2015.
In New York City a week before the release, part of the film’s cast (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon) joined creator Doug Ellin on an AOL Build conference stage to talk about the show’s run, a few movie secrets (including the fact that the film’s opening scene in Ibiza was actually shot in Miami), and the series' most memorable celebrity cameos. Here is what we found out:
There’s a Reason it Took Nearly Four Years to Release the Movie
“I’m a slow writer,” says writer Doug Ellin. “These guys have been killing me for a couple of years to finish the script. Hopefully, it was worth the wait.” Kevin Connolly, who plays manager Eric Murphy, also recognizes that the success of the show was partly due to the time involved in writing the script. “That’s the right way to do it,” he says.
Turtle’s First Name is Sal
Jerry Ferrara plays Adrian Grenier’s character’s childhood friend, Turtle. Although his first name is mentioned very sporadically on the show (IMDB doesn’t even recognize it), the actor has a special emotional connection to it. “[Sal] was a friend of mine that unfortunately passed away, and it was a nice thing of him [Ellin] to let me do,” explains Ferrara.
The Boxing Scene With Ronda Rousey is as Real as Hollywood Gets
In what will probably become one of the movie’s most defining scenes, Ferrara and UFC champion Ronda Rousey step into the ring together. “We worked together on all the non-fighting stuff first,” recounts Ferrara. “So I really got to know her as a person and not as a fighter and she’s just cool and you want to go hang out with her. Then, we go to the [fight scene] and she suggests I ask a stunt double to do it.” Connolly laughs and remembers that the expressions seen on screen are the actors’ actual reactions to Rousa’s moves, no rehearsal needed.
Turtle Doesn’t Kiss and Tell
When asked about his kissing scenes on the show, Ferrara pleads the fifth (especially when having to choose between Dania Ramirez and Jamie-Lynn Sigler for best kisser).
There’s Still Something About that Medellín Film…
Medellín, main character Vinny Chase’s dream project about the life of Pablo Escobar, has been the focal point of much of the show’s later seasons. Especially after flopping at the virtual box office. Kevin Connolly, however, still believes in the project. “If we could just figure out a way to release it and promote it,” he says half-jokingly, "there might actually be an audience for it out there."
You Do Not Need to Know Each Episode by Heart to Enjoy the Movie
The actors and the creator are adamant to note that the film stands on its own. “I promise you if you haven’t seen a scene from the show, you’ll still love the movie,” notes Connolly.
Kevin Dillon Adores Working With Ferrara
“I love doing the stuff when Drama and Turtle are together,” says Dillon. Who does Connolly enjoy acting with? “I love to work with Billy Walsh,” he says, referring to Rhys J. Coiro, whose character is a very eccentric director.
Kelsey Grammer’s Movie Cameo Has a Cute (but Short) Story Behind it
Although Grammer really wanted to be in the film, his schedule didn’t permit any crossovers. “[One day, Grammer] was coming back from the airport and called me and said, ‘Can you write something for me right now?’” recounts Ellin. “And it worked.”
Carson Daly is the Only Person That Got Cut Out of the Edits
Although not much footage was cut from the final movie, there is one person who you won’t see on screen. “I went on Carson’s show this morning and he asked if he made the cut,” says Dillon. “Sorry Carson, you didn’t!”
Don’t Expect the Show to Come Back
“I think we’d rather do a second movie than go back to the show,” says Ellin. There’s hope yet (for a movie).