The gang is back in the "Entourage" movie, which picks up about seven months after the series finale and finds everyone living a whole lot larger with Ari (Jeremy Piven) running a studio and Vince (Adrian Grenier) directing his first movie. That's Hollywood.
Last year, we were invited to "Turtle's Malibu beach house" set, where we chatted with stars Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and director Doug Ellin. Here's the vital info we learned about the big-screen baller reunion, which hits theaters June 3rd.
1. Vince is now a director.
The movie is called "Hyde," a modern-day version of "Jekyll and Hyde," where Dr. Hyde is a Tony Stark-style genius chemist "with a dark side," according to production designer Chase Harlan. E is producing, Vince is directing, and Drama's got a small role. "The guys have a lot riding on this new movie, and because it's Ari's first movie at the studio, the stakes are very high for all the characters," says Connolly. Harlan says the movie-within-a-movie is full of "all kinds of crazy, drug-fueled, violent, sexual mayhem. Hopefully, we'll get to see it."
2. Turtle is rich!
Turtle now resides in a palatial Malibu beach pad, which is actually in Palos Verdes. "I guess after eight years, he finally grew up; it's nice," says Ferrara. "But I feel like he probably rents it and his furniture is all staged." He adds, "I'll miss the older guy who's grinding it out, making $200 a week driving. But, what I love about it is he's made all this money and he still drives the guys around. He still picks Vince up and drives around in his Escalade, which I wouldn't have any other way."
3. Vince is now living in Madonna's old Hollywood Hills home.
"It's funny, because I was on a run up through the hills and I was just looking at the house and was like 'Wow, I've never been in there. I'd love to go in there sometime.' And then, Monday morning, there I am, inside the house," says Grenier. "I can't believe that I'm competing with Turtle. I mean, what has everything come to?" he laughs. Production designer Harlan explains the house now belongs to fashion designer Leon Max. "The house was filled with 16th century Van Dyke paintings and things. We were like, 'Yeah, better have a professional take those out before we get there.'"
3. E's going to be a dad!
Says Connolly, "Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is pregnant and ready to pop, but she still hasn't taken me back. She's having a hard time getting over the mother-in-law thing. Which, who could blame her, right? So, it's me preparing for the baby and there's a few mishaps along the way. And a few other ladies, which has been interesting to shoot. But Sloan is who he wants and he wants to try to get his family back together."
4. Drama's still Drama.
Explains Dillon, "Drama has not really [evolved]. At times he'll get there and fall back down. That's what makes him fun though, you know? Drama is always teetering on the edge of complete failure. 'Hyde' is a major motion picture, and he feels like this part maybe could be the one that could take him to the next level." That is, if Drama even makes the final cut.
5. Turtle is dating MMA fighter Ronda Rousey.
"I kind of ask her out and it becomes like a business deal and she gets confused by that, thinking that I actually wanted to date her and kind of normal, blue-collar guys never really ask her out; they're intimidated," explains Ferrara. "So it's definitely a good little love story, romantic angle with her. I think it's going to be pretty cool. I've been a fan of hers for years now and she's the real deal, both in and out of the ring." Does she end up kicking his ass? "There will be fighting. There will be blood, yes. And it's going to be mine," laughs Ferrara.
6. There are cameos galore.
As the trailer shows, everyone from Liam Neeson to Haley Joel Osment shows up. But the bar was set even higher in terms of cameos for the movie. "When the show first started, we begged people to do cameos and the first few were favors. Now it's, 'Hey, I want to do the movie.' Bob Saget came with an idea and he got in. So it's really like, 'What are you thinking? Are you OK with poking fun at yourself?'" Connolly personally lined up the Piers Morgan cameo. "He always told me that he was a big fan of the show. So then Doug was like, 'Piers Morgan has seen every episode and he passed the trivia test.' I asked him a few questions to see if he was bullsh*tting me or not. He's seen every episode. So yeah, that's it."
7. Ari is still dishing out abuse.
"The dynamic hasn't changed much," says Connolly of Ari's feelings for E. "He's got a lot to say. The fans that love to hear Ari rip into E will not be disappointed."
8. The pressure is on to live up to that other hit HBO TV-show-turned-movie.
"We have to live up to 'Sex and the City,' which obviously is, I think, the second most successful R-rated comedy ever made," director Doug Ellin said. "So we're just trying to make a good movie and whatever happens at the box office happens, there's nothing we can do to control it."
9. Expect the movie to be a super-sized episode.
"It's basically an episode on steroids," says Connolly. "People always complained that the episodes were too short, so now they can't complain." Adds Dillon, "Eight seasons didn't feel like enough for me. It felt like we could have gotten ten. Now with this movie it feels like we're doing another season in a way, all wrapped up in one, which is cool." Says Ferrara. "[Sometimes] it literally feels like nothing has changed, this is just season nine, absolutely."