‘Entourage’ creator Doug Ellin suggests HBO’s reluctancy, PC tradition stunted present’s legacy: ‘I resent it’

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(Left to right) Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara pose as they arrive at the premiere of HBO's final season of "Entourage" in New York July 19, 2011.


Entourage” definitely made its mark throughout its eight-season run on HBO from 2004 to 2011, however creator Doug Ellin seems to carry a grudge in opposition to the community for giving into PC tradition, which he accuses of stunting the present’s legacy.

“I resent it tremendously,” Ellin admitted in a wide-ranging interview in regards to the Emmy-nominated collection with Yahoo Leisure.

The collection, starring 5 male leads performed by Adrian Grenier (Vincent Chase), Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold) Kevin Dillon (Drama), Kevin Connelly (Eric “E” Murphy) and Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), encapsulated the early 21st century Hollywood. 

The creator cited the “wave of righteous PC tradition” as a purpose HBO hasn’t given the collection the identical alternatives as different previous hit reveals on the community, corresponding to “The Sopranos” and the female-led romantic comedy-drama “The Intercourse and the Metropolis.” A “Sopranos” prequel movie titled “The Many Saints of Newark” might be launched later this yr, whereas the “Intercourse and the Metropolis” revival collection can be within the works.

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(Left to right) Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara pose as they arrive at the premiere of HBO's final season of "Entourage" in New York July 19, 2011.

(Left to proper) Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara pose as they arrive on the premiere of HBO’s last season of “Entourage” in New York July 19, 2011.
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“No person says that about ‘The Sopranos,’ the place they homicide individuals, that perhaps we must always readdress whether or not murdering individuals on TV is OK,” he instructed the outlet. “I don’t need to sound obnoxious or that I am taking a look at ‘Entourage’ as excessive artwork, but it surely was a fairly correct portrayal of how individuals [acted] at the moment in Hollywood,” Ellin continued.

He additionally disagrees with the notion that the present “was this vulgar boyfest that folks like to color it as now.”

“After we got here out, the New York Instances mentioned we have been the neatest present on tv! If we did reboot the present, it’s not that I might make it any extra PC, however I might write it to the perfect of my talents to mirror the fact of the world proper now.” 

The 53-year-old screenwriter and director mentioned HBO’s passing on a pilot he pitched that includes Michael Imperioli, Michael Rapaport and Ed Burns — a transfer he declared he’ll “by no means forgive them for.”

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“Whether or not they thought it was good or not, I earned my probability to have a second shot, and so they put another fairly crappy reveals on [instead],” Ellin mentioned.

In 2015, the extremely anticipated “Entourage” film sunk on the field workplace.

“Sadly, the film did not work in addition to some might have hoped, and also you type of transfer on. How a lot are you able to say about it?” he mentioned.

Ellin and Connolly are actually co-hosting “Victory the Podcast.” Every week, the director and actor dissect previous episodes of the present. The latest dropped on Thursday, April 28, and offers an inside have a look at the fan-favorite episode “One Day within the Valley.”

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Director Doug Ellin attends the "Entourage" New York Premiere at Paris Theater on May 27, 2015 in New York City. 

Director Doug Ellin attends the “Entourage” New York Premiere at Paris Theater on Could 27, 2015 in New York Metropolis. 
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“Getting again along with these guys has been a lot enjoyable and it’s introduced [back] all the reminiscences of what a good time we had doing it,” Ellin mirrored.

Ellin admits, nonetheless, that occasions have modified. When “Entourage” was on the air, he believes it gave viewers “a particularly reasonable depiction of this city, however what the present was about was friendship and loyalty and household.”

He hopes that is what the long-lasting collection might be remembered for to viewers.

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“These are the issues that I hope individuals will take away from it lengthy after the remainder quiets down. I believe there’s an overcorrection that occurred, and hopefully we’ll get to a spot the place there’s equality for everyone, however there’s additionally room for individuals to create their artwork and never be judged so harshly.”

Ellin, noting that the way in which the present depicted ladies has been known as into query, recalled the collaboration of its feminine stars together with Carla Gugino, Perrey Reeves and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

“[They] have spoken about how a lot these characters helped them of their future careers, and the way uncommon it was to see a lady who might get up and look a person within the face 15 years in the past and do the issues that they have been doing. I really feel very happy with that,” Ellin mentioned.

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“The executives at HBO that I used to be dealing have been feminine executives who have been very happy with the present on the time, and browse each script and gave me their ideas. I like and respect ladies and love nice feminine characters and at all times have, and did the perfect I might. On the similar time, it was a 30-minute present with 5 male leads, so the truth that we have been even capable of finding time to get within the ladies we did, I really feel very happy with.”

Though it seems HBO has turned its eye to persevering with on the legacy of the collection, primarily based on real-life entourage of actor Mark Wahlberg in his heyday, Ellin is simply joyful the “Victory” podcast is constant to reminisce on simply what made the present so nice even when occasions have modified.

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“I believe it’s additionally introduced plenty of curiosity again to the present and plenty of positivity that the present used to have earlier than the tradition shifted just a little bit.”



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