This Woman Said if She Raised $10K, She Would Force Herself to See the 'Entourage' Movie
By John Boone
You know how some people say, “You couldn’t pay me to see that.” Well, Wendy Molyneux Drake, a writer for Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, put a price tag on her seeing the Entourage movie: $10,000.
Thus was born the GoFundMe campaign “Make Me Go See The Entourage Movie.” “If you know me at all, you know there are two things I hate: pediatric cancers and the television show Entourage,” Wendy says. “I am attempting to raise $10K to donate to CureSearch. In exchange for that I will go see the movie Entourage.”
Wendy explained that she wouldn’t spend any of the donations on her movie ticket “to see the worst movie of the year and possibly our lifetime,” but that she wouldn’t do it if she was even a dollar short of $10k. In just two days, she hit her goal. And then passed it by thousands.
“Thanks to all of the terrible people I know and a bunch of awful strangers I’ve NEVER EVEN MET WHO CARE ABOUT CHILDREN’S CANCER, I’ve reached 10K in one day,” she yell-typed in an update. “If for some reason this goes on all the way to 20K I am going to have to see this movie twice. TWICE.”
She also offered some other Entourage-related incentives:
Some 300 people pushed Wendy over her goal and earned rewards like a picture of Wendy watching the movie and a written review of Entourage. And while stars such as Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Eric Stonestreet, and Christina Applegate chipped in, one very important donation stuck out:
“TURTLE HIMSELF, Jerry Ferrara, gave money for pediatric cancer research just to make sure that I had to go to this,” Wendy exclaimed over Ferrara’s $1,500 donation. “I think we always knew there was an evil heart beating inside those sneakers.”
Lloyd (Rex Lee) also chipped in some money and positivity:
donate (all money goes to children with cancer via CureSearch) and force a non-believer to watch the entourage movie! http://t.co/AKGevbxeo9
Of the campaign’s success, Wendy told The Hollywood Reporter, "I was more surprised than Johnny Drama would be if he got the lead in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy 2: Drug More Cowboy. In other words: Very surprised.”
And even though she jokes, Wendy opened up about what the campaign really means for her: “In 2013, my beautiful, amazing, funny, smart nephew Oliver died from cancer,” she wrote. “He is seen in this picture with his family on his preschool graduation day (he's the littlest one on the left in the blue shirt).”
She continued, “Oliver got Leukemia, and faced an ordeal that no child should ever have to go through before losing his life at age 5. My sister Jenny and brother-in-law Brian are amazing parents who suffer terribly from this loss even though they've also shown amazing strength. Oliver's brothers miss him every day. I loved that little banana like crazy. CureSearch aggressively goes after cures EXCLUSIVELY for children's cancers, and that's why CureSearch will receive all this money in Oliver Cross's name. Oliver's parents chose this charity in the hope that someday no child will have to go through the nightmare he endured. Of course, none of us anticipated that it would make this much money because we did not anticipate the dark, horrible generosity of your hearts, jerks.
“Anyway, thanks/f*ck off, America,” Wendy concluded on GoFundMe. “I need to go look into changing my identity and leaving the country to avoid this terrible fate.” If that’s not worthy of a donation -- and a third showing of Entourage -- we’re not sure what is.