WHEN LIFE IM­I­TATES EN­TOURAGE ACT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - CRAZY EYES ON PRIZE - WithShan­nonMol­loy

AWAY from the famed tele­vi­sion se­ries and re­cent film 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 film, many of the ac­tors went back to the be­gin­ning of En­tourage to re­live those first 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 in­flated ego. But he has a big heart and I like to think I do too,” he says. EN­TOURAGE STREAM­ING ON PRESTO

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