It’s “bro” time. After what seems like one of the longest waits in the TV-to-film world, the Entourage movie is finally in theatres and we can’t wait to see where Ari, E, Vince, Drama and Turtle have been.
In reality, it seems pretty darned lucky that we’re even seeing them at all, considering all of the behind-the-scenes drama that held up the movie these past few years. From disputing celebs to creative blocks to cancelled cameos, it seemed like there were a zillion ways the movie could have ended up not happening in the end.
OK, so maybe there weren’t that many, but there were quite a few.
Nine crazy behind-the-scenes issues that almost derailed the Entourage movie
Penning the ScriptIn 2008 when Sex and the City became a box office smash, Entourage showrunner Doug Ellin (far left) began to think maybe they could do something similar. The problem was pounding out a script. According to Ellin, producer Mark Wahlberg began calling him every few months, wondering where it was. Warner Bros
Salary negotiationsOnce the script was good to go, getting the original cast back on board proved even more difficult. Salary negotiations put the entire thing on hold for months, and at one point it looked as though it was dead in the water.Warner Bros
Public DisputesThe salary issue worsened in 2013 when Wahlberg told TMZ a movie would only happen “as soon as them guys stop being greedy.”
“I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY,” star Adrian Grenier shot back on Instagram. YouTube
Jeremy PivenDespite Grenier telling the world the actors were looking for equal pay (and indeed, the four main leads were), Jeremy Piven reportedly wanted a lot more to reprise the role of Ari Gold. According to reports, he nabbed $5 million in the end -- $3 million more than what each of the other guys supposedly made.Warner Bros
Reconnecting the ChemistryOnce all the actors were officially on board, recreating their chemistry was another issue. It had been nearly three years since they last played these parts, which made it hard to get back into the swing of things. “There was a moment there where it was like, ‘It’s been a while,’” actor Jeremy Ferrara told EW.com.Warner Bros
Cancelled CameosEvery wonder what Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) would look like strip-teasing with Magic Mike? So did producers. They were all set to shoot that exact scene, but in the end Channing Tatum cancelled. (Smart move, Channing!)Getty
Yacht ClubBecause this is Entourage, the very first scene called for a gigantic party on a $30 million yacht. In addition to weather conditions, the scene was also contingent on roughly 20 A-list celebrity cameos. Warner Bros
Broken BonesOn Day 20 of the 34-day shoot, star Kevin Connolly broke his leg while catching a football from the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. A few creative adjustments later, and his character E was driven around instead of having to walk. Twitter/Kevin Connolly
Crashing the GlobesA year after wrapping filming on the movie, the cast got into character one more time and showed up at the Golden Globes. They were there to take advantage of the setting and all of the big-name actors in attendance. In order to pull it off, they had to show up the night before to choreograph it.Getty
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