The Entourage movie is out this week, and having seen it, I’m in total agreement with Mike Ryan’s review: It’s exactly what you think it will be. That’s good or bad, depending on what you thought of the television show. While I didn’t love it, I didn’t particularly hate it, either. It’s okay, and hardly worth the effort it might take to make a fuss about it. That was also my basic opinion about the show.
However, the screening I attended was packed, so I expect it will put up big numbers this weekend (it’s tracking to earn $25-$30 million in the opening weekend), enough to even get a sequel greenlit, which is to say that Entourage probably won’t be out of your life anytime soon.
Given the length of the show’s run (2004-2011) and the interest in the film, I’m surprised that we all don’t know more about the core cast of Entourage, aside from the fact that Jeremy Piven once got out of a Broadway play because of “mercury poisoning” (and apparently had a nasty falling out with John Cusack), and that Kevin Dillon is Matt Dillon’s brother.
It was a very popular show, but I’m not so sure that the cast were ever very popular actors.
So, in an effort to get to know the cast a little better — for better (Grenier seems like a really good guy) or worse (Connelly does not) — here are 15 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About the Cast of Entourage.
1. Adrian Grenier very narrowly lost out to James Van Der Beek for the lead role in Dawson’s Creek (he also auditioned for Joshua Jackson’s role of Pacey).
2. Grenier was once the lead singer of a band called Kid Friendly, and more recently the drummer for The Honey Brothers.