VINCE ON THE BIG SCREEN
HBO hit series Entourage has spawned a movie – in which we catch up with Vincent Chase only to find he’s making a movie too
W hen the world last checked in with lady-killing, Teflon-coated movie star Vincent Chase, he was hopping a plane for Paris with the woman he was – much to his entourage’s surprise – going to marry.
That was in the last episode of eight seasons of the Entourage series. The new Entourage movie picks up around seven months later ... and the blonde journalist who became Mrs Chase is nowhere to be seen.
“Come on,” says Adrian Grenier, the blue-eyes behind Chase for over a decade, “it’s
Entourage – did you really think that would last?”
Indeed. There’s no time for mourning or therapy in the wake of a failed marriage in
Entourage land. Just a party on a yacht and a new career frontier: Vinnie convincing his former agent turned studio boss, Ari Gold, to let him direct a $100 million movie.
And, voila (or should that be ‘boom’?), Vince, manager E, driver Turtle and perennial joke/big brother Drama are back for another Hollywood adventure.
And this time, they’ve gone big screen. Hug it out!
If Vincent Chase comes across as ice-cool, a lot of that is down to 38-year-old, New Mexico-born, New York-raised Grenier, something of a hippie who puts the horizontal in laidback.
“I think one of the reasons HBO responded to me and Doug (Ellin, director) cast me as Vince is because you need that even-keeled, steadfast poise and calm to survive that whole world,” Grenier says.
“It’s a nonchalance and confidence in his own skin.’’
Laid-back doesn’t mean detached or deluded, however. Grenier recalls being “leery” when he won his breakthrough role back in the early 2000s.
“It was a daunting opportunity, just because I didn’t know what it would be. So I was a little trepidatious ... It was a ride that I couldn’t be prepared for.”
As Entourage lifted Grenier’s profile (his career prior high-point was probably the rom-com Drive Me Crazy opposite Melissa Joan Hart), he found his off-screen life began to mirror what was happening for Vince on screen.
But the one thing he could never quite emulate was Vince’s get out of jail free card: though hobbled at various times by his sex life, drug habit or bad career decisions, Vincent Chase always comes out on top.
“Vince always lives in larger-than-life style. That’s his charm, that’s what everyone responds to, is living vicariously through this guy who lives a fantasy,’’ Grenier says.
“But truth be told, in my personal life, I dream like everybody else to live a life where nothing can go wrong. I don’t know about you, but in my life, things go wrong. In Vince’s life somehow everything seems to work out.”
In the new movie, Vince isn’t having any particular trouble with the ladies (bar wondering whether or not to go there with the model from the Blurred Lines video, Emily Ratajkowski); it’s directing his first movie that provides, as Grenier puts it, “a lot of opportunity for conflict”.
That brings Haley Joel Osment, playing the son of a rich Texan investor, into Vince’s orbit (“Haley Joel brings our movie to another realm”, says Grenier).
The film Vince is making and starring in is Hyde, a rather ravey take on the Jekyll and Hyde story. Electronic musician Calvin Harris makes a cameo, as does Johnny “Drama” Chase.
“Nepotism at its finest,” Grenier laughs.
As a director, reckons Grenier, “Vince has a natural ease, a command’’. His biggest flaw? “He’s too close to it. The biggest challenge is not only directing but acting as well – you have less perspective.’’
During one of these bouts of doubt, Ratajkowski tells Vince he’s “too good-looking to be insecure”. Grenier understands Hollywood is a confidence game: “We’re in the business of image and performances. So you gotta fake it well; make it believable.”
Confidence, as well as pride, is something being part of
Entourage for the past decade has given him. “People will be emulating
Entourage for a long time, but there will only be one
Entourage opens today
VINCE ALWAYS LIVES IN LARGER-THANLIFE STYLE. THAT’S HIS CHARM, WHAT EVERYONE RESPONDS TO
Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase in