‘Entourage’ Cast Reunites For Special Screening Of Movie In NYC
Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Adrian Grenier posed together on the red carpet for Entourage’s New York Premiere Wednesday night.
‘Entourage’ Movie Premiere
Reunited at Manhattan’s Paris Theater, Connolly, Piven, Dillon, Ferrara and Grenier were glad to see that their hit HBO series had finally made it to the big screen. Dillon, for one, had grown doubtful that the plans for the movie would never come to fruition.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if the movie was ever going to happen,” Dillon told Variety on the red carpet. “We all wanted to make a movie from the get-go, but things took so long and some things had to be resolved before we could start shooting. I was like, ‘It’s getting late now. People won’t be interested anymore. We have to get this done.’ So it was a relief that we actually did it.”
Entourage creator Doug Ellin was also present at the premiere. While Ellin was confident that the show would transfer well aesthetically to the big screen, he had some trouble penning a script to stretch the show’s 30-minute format to a feature-length flick.
“Writing a story that could sustain itself for an hour and half was the biggest challenge,” said Ellin. “I sat down with Stephen Levinson and Rob Weiss and we talked about ideas as stories for months. Getting the script done was the hardest. Everything else was pretty easy. Mark Wahlberg said to me, ‘Write the script and I’ll get it made.’”
Once the script was written, all of the guys were on board, including Piven, who plays Ari Gold on the series. Piven, who admits it’s not always easy to play the high strung agent, enjoys being part of a show – and now a movie – that puts friendship at its center.
“The show is about loyalty and the idea of what matters in this life,” Piven told Variety. “Through thick and thin you have to stick together and be people of your word.”
On the night of the premiere, Mark Wahlberg shared a video about his true-life entourage that served as the inspiration for the hit HBO series.
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) May 27, 2015
Entourage hits theaters June 3.