“We are gonna get drunk with Russell Crowe and we’re gonna head-butt some goddamn kangaroos.” – Ari Gold, Entourage.
We hope you enjoy these Entourage facts and relive some of our favorite moments from the show!
24. The Mark Wahlberg connection
The show is loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s past, with characters woven from real people in the actor’s life. The idea was initially conceptualized as a documentary, but was later developed into a satirical look at the Hollywood lifestyle.
23. Water for movies
Vince Chase’s big break film Aquaman was actually based on Mark Wahlberg’s first big blockbuster The Perfect Storm – just one of the many ways the actor’s life is laced into the show.
22. What’s in a name?
Turns out Vincent Chase is actually named after actor Vince Vaughn. Creator Doug Ellin initially had his sights set on Vaughn to play the lead, but when those plans fell through he simply decided to pay an homage to the actor through the main character’s name. Surprise!
21. How to deal with rejection
Funnily enough, the initial script pitch for Entourage was rejected by HBO. It started off in the midst of Vince’s career downfall and was way more broody, the network executives advised Ellin to make it less depressing and bam! Now, we have an Entourage we love and cherish.
20. Where’s Vince?
The series’ creators really struggled to find someone to play Vince’s character convincingly. The actor had to be believable as a potential star, without actually being one. Casting Adrian Grenier in the lead was a huge departure from the initial idea for the character, since he wouldn’t be able to carry off Wahlberg’s demeanour. But Grenier ended up making the character his own and everybody walked away happy anyway.
19. The Obama cameo
You may not believe it, but the former president of the United States of America – Barack Obama – was asked to make a cameo appearance on the show, which he declined. Can we just take a moment to imagine how incredible it would have been if Obama agreed?
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