We are less than a year away from the release of the Entourage movie, but this year marks the 10th anniversary of the airing of the first ever episode of the (in my opinion) greatest sitcom of our generation. Recently, Turtle (casted by Jerry Ferrara) wrote a blog post about his initial thoughts on entourage that start when the pilot episode first aired on HBO. Let me tell you, it made me love entourage even more than I already do.
In his post, Ferrara wrote "the show starts and I am the first character you ever see in Entourage (as fate would have it I am also the last face you see in the finale)." He recalls being so nervous watching that scene because he was nervous that the show was going to be awful and he was embarrassed about the fact that he had to bark in one of the first scenes.
Turtle went on to be the most loved character in the entire show. Want to know why? Because he is so many people in the world. He follows his movie star best friend out to California where he becomes his driver. As the show progresses he begins to mature and wants to stop using Vince for money and favors. He wants to make something of himself. He gets screwed over time and time again, but he always keeps a positive attitude about it. He is us. My love for entourage goes even deeper than that. It makes me realize even more that I have a great group of friends around me. We already are an entourage, but hopefully one day we can become a high-powered one.
Ferrara points out in his post that on almost every TV show, the actors and actresses become like a family. He says that isn't true, but he is positive that he Kevin Connolly (E), Adrian Grenier (Vincent Chase), and Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama) have become best friends and Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold), rounds out their family that was created during the show. He said that is why it made playing roles of best friends was so easy because they became best friends. That is what we all love to hear.
I’ll sum it up by saying I never in my wildest dreams thought Entourage would do 96 episodes. I’ve since gone on to do some other cool projects but the fact that we got to shoot the Entourage Movie still boggles my mind. Now that OLD JERRY is who I am, I enjoyed each and every moment of shooting the movie with my friends. Now that binge watching has become normal, I love when an 18-year-old dude tells me he watched all eight seasons in a week and asks when is the movie coming out. Like the pilot, there is no way to tell if people will like or dislike the movie. I will not be on the couch alone and eating old pizza waiting to find out. I’ll probably be sleeping cause I’m an old ass man now. The purpose of this post was to thank the fans who have watched, whenever and however they watched. And our crew over the years who gave us all so much and always said it was the coolest job.
Things always had a way of working out for the guys in Entourageland. Hopefully we have one more trick left in the bag. If we don’t “We can always move back to Queens” – VINCENT CHASE
HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.