Grab your shades and crew, the “Entourage” movie is finally in theaters next week. The popular HBO series ran for eight seasons until 2011. But now in their first feature film, Ari, Vincent and the gang are back, picking up where the show left off as their careers have taken off.
In the feature film version of “Entourage,” the ambitious actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) hooks his friend Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio head, into funding his $100 million dollor directorial debut. But when the film goes over budget, the entourage must get back together to find new funding and finish the job.
But what if you don’t remember anything about the “Entourage” guys? What if you missed all 96 episodes of the HBO series? Refresh your memory with this list of the five guys and their crew you need to know for the movie:
Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven)
The Harvard grad of the batch, Ari is worrywart movie agent steering full steam ahead to the top of the Hollywood food chain. When fans last saw him on the show, he was about to enjoy a needed vacation with his wife when he got an offer to become the CEO of Time Warner (the parent company of HBO).
Vincent “Vince” Chase (Adrian Grenier)
After leaving Queens with some of his best friends for Hollywood success, the aspiring actor has worked his way from the bottom to the top and pursuing directorial dreams, as evidenced in the movie trailer. He’s not as careful or concerned as Ari is, and his YOLO attitude has gotten the guys into trouble more than once.
Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly)
Childhood friends with Vince since they were six, now Eric plays the actor’s manager. As with Vince’s rising star, so too did Eric rise. Last viewers saw him, Eric was manging not just Vince’s and Drama’s careers, but also Bob Saget's and Melinda Clarke's.
Salvatore “Turtle” Assante (Jerry Ferrara)
Turtle is the reliable and sane one of the group. Working as Vince’s driver, Turtle has been able to network his way up for a few extra perks from famous friends.
Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon)
Vince’s older brother moved out to L.A. ahead of E, Turtle and Vince, but has not been so lucky in the acting department. The character was named after executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s cousin, Johnny “Drama” Alves.
Lloyd Lee (Rex Lee)
Beyond the core group of guys, there’s plenty of other characters coming back for their big “Entourage” movie debut, including Season 2 addition, Lloyd Lee. Once Ari Gold’s assistant, Lee was last seen as one of the upper tier members of the agency Gold left for Time Warner, TMA.
Melissa “Mrs. Ari” Gold (Perry Reeves)
On the brink of a divorce (and a fling with Bobby Flay), Ari won back Melissa at during the final season of “Entourage.” Fans will just have to wait to see if Ari was able to make good with Melissa after taking on the big corporate gig in the sky.
Shauna Roberts (Debi Mazar)
Vince’s “West Coast mom” is actually his truth-telling publicist who handles both the boys and the occasional career scandal. She’s back for the movie because Vince is surely going to be the source of Ari Gold’s headaches.
Sloan McQuewick (Emmanuelle Chriqui)
E’s off-and-on again love interest was pregnant with his child in the final season of “Entrouage” and almost left him for good when the guys rallied and persuaded her to give E another chance. Did he make it up to her or did she finally take off for the east coast?
Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro)
The tempestuous director went through several career highs and lows throughout the duration of the series, but seemingly got his life back together for the season finale to help Vince on one more project. Since Vince is slated to make his directorial debut in the “Entourage” movie, perhaps Walsh may be a little more than hurt to be replaced by his star.
Dana Gordon (Constance Zimmer)
Ari’s former girlfriend (now current studio executive) never really quite got over the “what could have been” between the two. When Ari and Melissa were at the cusp of finalizing their divorce, it looked like the couple was going to have their chance at romance. However, it wasn’t meant to be, as Ari returned to his wife in the final season.
Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for any new cameos!
“Entourage” opens in theaters June 3.