Originally, the Entourage series was an American comedy-drama series about a famous A-List celebrity and his boys. It was a show about one man's rise to super stardom and the posse he brought along with him. With the recent production of an Entourage movie, the pipe dream fantasy for young men who dream of having it all is still alive and thriving. But what the movie is not, is a documentary.
Entourage the series and Entourage the movie both get plenty of things right - pop culture references, the ins and outs of the film and television industry, lots of L.A. lingo, plenty of filming locations, hot spots, and popular places to be seen, and it gets guys' sensibilities right (well those type of guys). But it does not get everything right, and we're here to separate the fact from the fiction. We're picking apart the cast of Entourage and all of the questionable L.A. references.How well would it really go over for a B-list actor to run his mouth at a TV exec? Would an agent (even a huge one) be outright offered the head of studio position? Are all women in L.A. really that hot? We discuss all of this and much more as we debunk HBO's Entourage!
What Happens in Entourage: How do these guys seem to make it everywhere in no time? A show about people stuck on the 405 wouldn't be the most riveting, but can we at least find some middle ground? Traffic is only mentioned a handful of times in eight years, and only shown as an issue maybe a couple of times.What Happens in Real Life: Traffic's not just a problem, it's the problem (especially in that H2 in those early seasons). It can literally take hours to get through Malibu if traffic is bad. Not only is it unrealistic for them not to be constantly trapped or dealing with traffic, it's even more unrealistic for it not to come up in the dialogue more. Traffic in LA County is basically the West Coast's equivalent of talking about the weather.
What Happens in Entourage: Queen's Boulevard was finally finished and it was a masterpiece. Fans loved it, critics loved it, it was everything Billy Walsh and Vince dreamed it would be. Then the studio converted it from black and white to color; bright, neon color. Vince and Billy teamed up to publicly disagree with the studios decision and block the national release of the film.What Happens in Real Life: If a film does well, and the studio owns it, they're going to do anything they want to it, then release it. Look at The Incredible Hulk - Ed Norton publicly disagreed with the edits Marvel made to the movie, the movie still came out and we now have Mark Ruffallo as the Hulk. David O. Russell made a movie before Silver Linings Playbook and tried to block its release. They released it anyway, under a fake director's name. Studios have most of the power.
What Happens in Entourage: Ari gets a phone call with an offer to run all of Time Warner as CEO. A single phone call.What Happens in Real Life: Board meetings, buyouts, promotions from within the company. An agent knows how to sell an actor, not run a multi-billion dollar corporation.
What Happens in Entourage: Ari is consistently an awful person to damn near everyone but Vince. He's racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic, and crass in every sense of the word. Admittedly, he's hilarious because of this.What Happens in Real Life: Lawsuits. All of the lawsuits. There was once a minor subplot about Ari being persecuted for his behavior but in real life that would be the constant. He would be such a liability it would be hard to keep him at an agency (much less running a studio). Think of how he treats assistants and co-workers - people would quickly snap.