Jeremy Piven Says It's Not Easy Playing Ari Gold: I'm So Calm People Ask If I'm Stoned
By Denny Directo
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For eight glorious seasons on Entourage, Jeremy Piven cussed, ranted and belittled his way to the top as one of the most hostile and abrasive characters on television.
As the short-tempered, foul-mouthed talent agent Ari Gold, Piven completely embodied the character and went on to earn three consecutive Emmy awards. Not to mention, he had fans of the HBO series convinced he was exactly like his character.
"Contrary to popular belief it's not a documentary and I'm not an agent," the 49-year-old actor told ETonline. "When I meet people they want to know why I'm so calm and they ask if I'm stoned."
So how easy was it to slip back into Ari's designer shoes for the Entourage movie, four years later? "I've forgotten about Ari," he admitted.
Since the HBO hit ended in 2011, Piven has spent his time in London playing a turn of the century gentleman in PBS' Mr. Selfridge, so the transformation back into the super agent-turned-studio head for the Entourage movie required some work on the actor's part.
"The reality is you shave, you put on those power suits, get a couple phones in your hands, you're in front of all the guys again and it's just game on," he said.
The Entourage movie picks up less than a year after the events of the series finale. Gold has ditched retirement in Italy to run a studio in Hollywood, which is financing poster boy Vincent Chase's (Adrian Grenier) directorial debut.
"People are going to really, really love this ride," Piven said of the film. "I can't tell you the payoff but there is something that people have been waiting for for eight years that comes to fruition [for Ari]... it's going to be really, really rewarding."