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Entourage, June 17 June 18, 2007

Posted by showstalkers in Entourage.

June 17th Episode: “Welcome to the Jungle”

The fourth season premiere takes a different approach from what viewers are used to. The episode from beginning to end is a behind-the-scenes on the making of “Medellin,” complete with interviews from all involved, including Ari. It was a little weird, and kind of hard to paraphrase, but it was interesting, to say the least.

Pre-production begins on set in Colombia, where Walsh and E butt heads almost immediately. Walsh wants 1,400 extras for one scene. Walsh wants rewrites. Walsh needs to recast half of the film.

As a first-time producer, E finds controlling Walsh a little stressful. Things get worse when Walsh becomes infatuated with one of the Colombian actresses and accuses Vince of trying to sleep with her.

Vince spends the majority of the episode in his Pablo Escobar makeup, which reminded me of a cross between Ron Jeremy and Andy Kaufman. Vince also uses his powers of relaxing persuasion to bring Walsh back from the edge of insanity during the troubling shoot.

Turtle and Drama stay on set, presumably to try to hook up with chicks. Drama also attempts to get into the movie at all costs, which he eventually does, in a hilarious moment.

A minor side story involves the crew hiring Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan to write the ending, only to pay him and send him home after Walsh stays up all night writing the ending anyway.

Best Part: Drama’s cameo in “Medellin,” as an unnamed, mustachioed commando, was another highlight in his lackluster career. Almost as good as Drama’s time in the spotlight was seeing Perrey Reeves’, who plays Mrs. Ari, name in the opening credits for the first time, meaning her role will only grow. That makes me happy.

Drama Quote of the Week: “Well, whenever you’re about to shoot, you get butterflies. But if you prepare to take care of your instrument, what can go wrong? Tony Danza taught me that.”

Ari Quote of the Week: “When a director falls for an actor on set, all bets are off. When he doesn’t get her, bet you have a problem. When someone else gets her, bet the house.”

Grade: OK. So, I loved the idea of changing pace by having a mockumentary episode. It allowed the actors to show a different side of their characters. Ari had to tone down himself to appear in the documentary, so we got to see his tamer side, which rarely ever shows up. Drama played himself up even further for the documentary. And it was killer to finally see more footage of a Vincent Chase movie. But flashy lights and fireworks do not make a great episode. I don’t know where this fits in the canon. I’ll have to ponder its place in the “Entourage” universe. B.

Next Week: Drama throws Vince a party at his new condo. Walsh refuses to show anyone the first cut of “Medellin.” Vince gets frightening news from his business manager: He’s broke.

— Stalked by David Carrier



1. msg - June 21, 2007

I was wondering if anyone has the text to the Nick Rubinstein quotation in the documentary where he explains why there would be no additional funding.

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