THE PARTY is nearly over for the cast of Entourage. The hit HBO series finishes after its eighth series, currently airing on pay TV's Arena.
The long-running comedy drama follows movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his close circle of childhood friends, or entourage, who help him navigate Hollywood and his newfound fame.
Life mimicked art, with Grenier going from relative obscurity to a Hollywood A-lister seemingly overnight. Each episode saw him rubbing shoulders with at least two real-life celebrities, one of the trademarks of the series.
Grenier talks about what's in store for Vincent in the final series, his favourite celebrity cameos and what's next.
Q: You have spent nine years of your life playing Vince on Entourage. How does it feel that the show is ending?
A: It's bitter sweet, yes, but there is a movie potentially. And season eight has some great episodes. Vince has a lot to prove after his addiction and rehab at the end of season seven. He has to show his friends and the industry that recovery is learning to make amends and get back.
Q: To be fair to Vincent, he is clearly a guy who wants to look after his friends and give back to them.
A: Absolutely. He has been pretty selfless for many years. I really think that his lapse into drugs was fear: fear of losing his buddies and fear of abandonment seeing his friends grow and branch out and go out on their own.
Q: Vincent is inspired by Mark Wahlberg. How easy is it to work on a character for which there is real-life inspiration?
A: When I saw Mark Wahlberg, what made him a movie star was his grace and his ability to interact with quote, unquote, "common everyman" as well as people of influence and diplomats. It's just that ability to manoeuvre between the people was really what I found to be the most striking quality. I had to have that fluidity and grace.
Q: How much of an insider's view is it?
A: Well, there are the ups and downs. That's the business that we're in and it is, I guess on some level, surrounding something that's relatively meaningless. We're not saving babies; we're making movies and creating illusions so I think it's important not to get lost in those dramas.
Q: You've got a huge celebrity cameo count? Any favourites this season?
A: Andrew Dice Clay is part of Drama - Kevin Dillon's - storyline. I was very happy that I got to do a couple of scenes with him. I grew up a big fan of his and he has been an idol of mine. He taught me some things that I probably shouldn't have learned at a young age and then to see him on the show and to meet him personally… I have really taken to him quite nicely.
Q: What has been your favourite storyline?
A: I really always loved when Vince gets a movie and gets to do the trailer to the movie or play the acting part - the energy drink commercial, the Medellin trailer, the Aquaman trailer… what else has there been? Queens Boulevard. You get to see a little glimpse into the movie.
Q: So, will you all still hang out now the show is over, will you become an actual entourage?
A: I'm curious to see what will happen now. The last day was like the last day of high school. We were all choked up. We've been together for eight years. We'll see what happens now.
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