Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

AWAY from the famed tele­vi­sion se­ries and re­cent fi lm adap­ta­tion, Kevin Dil­lon has wound up liv­ing his own ver­sion of En­tourage lately.

The 49- year- old ac­tor, who played Johnny Drama in the long- run­ning saga about a group of friends in mod­ern- day Hol­ly­wood, re­veals there’s “a cou­ple of bud­dies” liv­ing in his guest­house right now.

But their an­tics are far from the wom­an­is­ing, hard- par­ty­ing ones his char­ac­ter en­joyed.

“My bud­dies and I play a bit of golf and we work on my mus­cle cars – I’m into Amer­i­can mus­cle cars like Ca­maros and GTOs that we work on out back,” Dil­lon says.

But the gen­eral theme – of friend­ship and “hav­ing each other’s back” – re­mains.

“I dare not call them my ‘ en­tourage’ though. They don’t like that – for­get it.”

Repris­ing Johnny Drama re­cently for the big screen, along­side Vin­cent ( Adrian Gre­nier), Eric ( Kevin Con­nolly), Tur­tle ( Jerry Fer­rara) and Ari ( Jeremy Piven), was some­thing Dil­lon never ex­pected to hap­pen.

“I won­dered if I’d ever get to play him again.

“He’s the char­ac­ter of a life­time and I had so much fun play­ing him.” To pre­pare for the fi lm, many of the ac­tors went back to the be­gin­ning of En­tourage to re­live those fi rst few sea­sons.

“It’s just the guys hang­ing out, you know,” he says. “I’d for­got­ten about some of the nice mo­ments, so it was great to watch it again.”

Drama’s more out­ra­geous be­hav­iour aside, Dil­lon can re­late to his on- screen per­sona.

“He’s in­se­cure and that some­times comes out in the form of this infl ated ego. But he has a big heart and I like to think I do too,” he says.

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