One of the more interesting quick quotes last week came from Mark Wahlberg, the actor who also served as a producer on HBO’s now finished comedy series “Entourage”.
Talk of an “Entourage” movie seemed to coalesce earlier this year with Warner Bros. Pictures green lighting a feature that creator Doug Ellin would direct.
Then came the contract negotiations with the cast, and that’s where things have stalled. Now it seems they are ‘negotiating in the press’ – trying to use the media to break this stalemate.
It began when Wahlberg was asked by TMZ last week about when the film is coming, to which he replied “As soon as them guys stop being so greedy” and shortly after added “if the movie’s a success, we’ll get to make a lot more of them and then we’ll probably make a lot of money.”
So are the actors to blame? The show’s lead star Adrian Grenier took to Instagram to post a response to Wahlberg’s comments:
“To all Entourage fans. I owe it to you to make a couple things clear. I take my role as Vince on the show & off very seriously. All decisions I make personally & for business are for the principle of friendship and brotherhood.
It has, & never will be about the money for me. I promise. I will always stand up for the boys (that includes you) & do what I can to make sure they are treated fairly, and not be taken advantage of by anybody.
The spirit of Entourage is about sharing the opportunities given to us and I will sign any deal that gives ALL the boys an opportunity to share in the upside of success EQUALLY. I assure you, despite the perception, there is no greed in my heart. Remember, it will all work out in the end. It always does.”
At present, only Jeremy Piven and Kevin Connolly are said to be set for the flick.