Guests of hon­our at ‘En­tourage’ premier

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

It’s a long way from the Cam­bus­lang to the glitz and glam­our of Lon­don’s Le­ices­ter Square, but it’s a route that has now been trav­elled by Sean O’Kane.

The 51-year-old and his fam­ily were guests of Sean’s best pal, Kevin Dil­lon, at the pre­miere of the En­tourage movie last Wed­nes­day.

Sean and Kevin have been pals since the 1980’s when the pair roomed to­gether as job­bing ac­tors.

When Kevin, younger brother of There’s Some­thing About Mary star, Matt, got his big break in the En­tourage TV show, he didn’t for­get those who had stood by him when things were tough.

So he or­dered Sean, his wife Yvonne and 14- year- old daugh­ter Lau­ren to Lon­don last week for the full VIP treat­ment.

While Sean and Yvonne en­joyed the film, Kevin whisked Lau­ren out for a night on the town with the rest of the cast.

But Sean reck­ons his daugh­ter, who was once Matt Dil­lon’s date at their other brother, Paul’s, wed­ding, was less than im­pressed.

He laughs: “She was just obliv­i­ous, she didn’t know who these guys even are.

“Kevin took Lau­ren and his own daugh­ter, Ava (9) out for din­ner with the other guys, they went to a fives­tar res­tau­rant, but she was so calm about it.

“At Paul’s (Dil­lon) wed­ding 10 years ago, Matt ac­tu­ally asked her to be her date. We got to New York and Matt said he didn’t have a date, imag­ine Matt Dil­lon not hav­ing a date for his brother’s wed­ding.

“He said ‘I’ll need to take Lau­ren then,’ but she didn’t want to go with him. I think that must be the first time he’s been turned down for a date, but she went along.”

One of 12 sib­lings, Sean grew up in Cam­bus­lang Cir­cuit, be­com­ing in­ter­ested in act­ing while at school.

In the UK, he be­came known for the tit­u­lar role in cult 80’s game show, The In­ter­cep­tor, be­fore try­ing his luck across the pond where he met Paul Dil­lon and be­came his room­mate.

Through Paul, he met Kevin and the pair be­came pals, with their friend­ship show­ing no signs of abat­ing over time.

Sean said: “Kevin and I lived to­gether for about seven years af­ter I stayed with Paul. We were just two strug­gling ac­tors start­ing out who would read each other’s lines.

“We did that for years and years and he never for­got that even when he hit it big with En­tourage.

“I ac­tu­ally read with him when he was go­ing for the part. He’s never for­got­ten us strug­gling to­gether.

“He’s a very loyal guy and a loyal friend. Gen­er­ally it can be a very fickle busi­ness, but he’s grown up in an Ir­ish back­ground in a tough part of New York and has re­mem­bered that.

“For the pre­miere, Kevin spoiled us rot­ten. He called me from LA and said ‘you bet­ter get to Lon­don and get to the pre­miere.’

“When we got there, he re­ally gave us the red carper treat­ment.

“At the pre­miere, I was sit­ting next to Leona Lewis and the ma­gi­cian, Dy­namo. I was kid­ding on I didn’t know who he was, ask­ing if he was a light­weight boxer and when he said he was a ma­gi­cian, I said ‘a mu­si­cian? In what band?’”

Kevin was set to en­joy a few days in Scot­land with Sean last week, and had no qualms about rough­ing it when he vis­ited.

Sean, who now bases him­self in Ayr­shire hav­ing re­turned from the US last year, is in the process of mov­ing homes, with the fam­ily cur­rently in a car­a­van on the grounds of the new prop­erty.

He laughs: “I told him if he was stay­ing with me it would be in a car­a­van, and he said ‘ let’s do the car­a­van then’.

“He’s go­ing from five-star ho­tels to a car­a­van, but that just shows the mea­sure of his char­ac­ter. He doesn’t care about all the showbiz stuff.”

Sean, who did a voiceover in Os­car­win­ning movie Mil­lion Dol­lay Baby, is pre­par­ing to star in Re­quiem for the Rip­per along­side Mis­cha Bar­ton, and Study in red, both about Jack the Rip­per based on the nov­els of Brian L Porter.

But for now, he’s happy to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to sup­port his friends new flick.

The story of ac­tor Vince Chase and his child­hood friends from New York also stars the likes of Adrian Gre­nier, Kevin Con­nolly and Jeremy Piven.

It has proved a hit on TV all over the world, and is set to do the same on the big screen ac­cord­ing to Sean: “The first time I seen En­tourage on TV I couldn’t stop laugh­ing, it was belly-achingly funny.

“It’s the na­ture of the show, just a bunch of guys try­ing to make it. We’ve all gone through that stuff.”

Showbiz

The stars of En­tourage, in­clud­ing Kevin Dil­lon (right), as Johnny Drama

Fa­mous faces Cam­bus­lang ac­tor, Sean O’Kane (left) and daugh­ter Lau­ren with En­tourage stars Kevin Con­nolly and Kevin Dil­lon, who was Sean’s room­mate for seven years when the pair stayed in Los An­ge­les

Hol­ly­wood pals Sean O’Kane (right) and daugh­ter Lau­ren (left) with En­tourage stars Kevin Con­nolly and Kevin Dil­lon and Kevin’s daugh­ter Ava at the UK pre­miere

Glam­our Sean O’Kane’s wife, Yvonne with En­tourage stars Kevin Con­nolly and Kevin Dil­lon

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