In its heyday as a series on HBO, Entourage regularly scored major movie and TV star cameos. But since its been off the air for a few years, it was an open question as to how much star power the franchise would be able to pack into its first feature film this hits theaters Tuesday. Clearly, producer Mark Wahlberg and writer-director Doug Ellin called in a few favors, though, because the big-screen Entourage finds Vince (Adrian Grenier), Eric (Kevin Connolly), Drama (Kevin Dillon), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and, of course, Ari (Jeremy Piven), interacting with a wealth of real-life celebrities as they try to release Vince’s beleaguered directorial debut, Hyde, a blockbuster version of the Jekyll and Hyde story. Here’s our alphabetized list of the movie’s many cameos. Note: We’re only listing stars who are playing themselves and have speaking roles; folks like Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment are present, but they’re playing actual characters (in this case, the movie’s designated bad guys—a father and son team of Texas film investors). Meanwhile, many famous sports figures like NFL stars Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Clay Matthews and ex-boxer Mike Tyson also makes quick appearances. Who else did we miss? Let us know in the comments section. (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)
Ari runs into the Sin City star on the lot, and listens to her complain about the “zombie apocalypse” movie she’s currently starring in (and its Instagram-happy director snapping pics of her ass). She then forces him to greenlight her unspecified passion project…which we’re choosing to believe is a remake of the Demi Moore version of The Scarlet Letter.
The business guru gives Ari a pep talk as the latter zips back to his office to meet with the head of the studio, who is ready to tear Ari a new one for his handling of the Hyde situation.
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The famously eccentric actor (who contributed a memorable cameo on Entourage’s first season) can be seen at a party sequence expounding on the metaphorical underpinnings of the Jekyll and Hyde tale.
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The former bad boy comic experienced a career revival of sorts when he popped up in a recurring role on Entourage’s final season. He’s still hanging out with the boys, dropping by Turtle’s palatial abode for a “friends and family” screening of Hyde.
On the series, rebel billionaire Cuban was instrumental in transforming Turtle from a glorified chauffeur into a tequila magnate. It makes sense then that he’s also on the invite list for Hyde’s “friends and family” screening.
Ellin himself has said that Entourage owes an enormous debt to Favreau’s 1996’s bro-centric big-screen comedy Swingers. Vincent Chase, for example, is named after Swingers breakout Vince Vaughn, who Ellin wanted to book for a cameo during the run of the series. That never came to pass, but he did land Favreau for the film version and repays him by having Drama beg for a role in Iron Man 4.
The Married…With Children child star is among the C-listers trying out for the guest star role on a network procedural that Drama hopes to land.
On their way into a marriage counseling session, Ari and Mrs. Ari pass by the former Frasier star, who moans and groans about the state of his own soon-to-end marriage.
The Lone Ranger himself stops by Vince’s table at a crowded restaurant to mildly threaten Chase over his new girlfriend — and Hammer’s ex — Emily Ratajkowski. One could argue that Hammer isn’t exactly playing himself in this case — in real life, the actor is happily married to Elizabeth Chambers.
Just as Eric and his baby mama Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) are headed in for an obstetrician appointment, they pass by rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka, who are about to welcome their own bundle of joy (not to mention a new co-star for their VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle).
The Today host interviews the Hyde crew on the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes, where the film has somehow managed to score a bunch of nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama. (Based on what little we get to see of Vince’s movie though, it looks more like a comedy.)
Rob’s younger brother makes eyes at Sloan during a Lamaze class, and later is in the same pool of “talent” auditioning against Drama for that procedural guest spot.
Lauer is joined for his tour of duty on the Golden Globes red carpet by the always-fashionable E! personality.
Although Emily Ratajkowski is Vince’s primary love interest, that relationship lasts only as long as the film. During a mid-credits epilogue, he’s already moved on to fashion model Miller.
He may have lost his CNN show in real life, but the British broadcaster is still a major TV personality in the world of Entourage. Morgan interviews Vince and his whole entourage for a news story that functions as a catch-up guide for audiences coming to the movie without having seen the show.
Neeson’s cameo only amounts to three words — “F— you, Ari”— but it’s the best three words in the entire movie.
Had Faustino and O’Neill shared the same scene, we could have had a mini Married…With Children reunion on our hands! Instead, the Modern Family patriarch turns up in the studio parking lot arguing with Ari about his choice of parking space.
In order to cover for the fact that he’s not comfortable screening Hyde for the general public (even those he considers family and friends), Vince ropes party guest Pharrell into performing a few tunes.
The Gone Girl scene stealer continues to display a questionable taste in onscreen romantic partners, trading Ben Affleck’s bad husband for Vincent Chase.
The newly svelte Turtle puts the moves on the formidable MMA star, who looks like she could bench press five of him.
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Saget is among the crowd eager to get an early look at Hyde and has to fend off the flirtations of two women who were probably in nursery school when Full House was on the air.
The respected character actor of West Wing fame has made the move into TV directing, helming the episode of the procedural that Drama is auditioning for. The older, less successful Chase brother takes a moment to remind Schiff that he was also once part of The West Wing. For a single table read. After which he was promptly fired. (By the way, that’s Judy Greer as Schiff’s casting assistant during this scene, but she’s not playing herself. At least, we hope not.)
Spade chases after Ari demanding to know why his new movie is opening opposite the new Hunger Games blockbuster.
When Ari’s long-suffering friend and former personal assistant, Lloyd, finally ties the knot with his boyfriend, who else could perform the ceremony besides Mr. Sulu? Live long and prosper, Lloyd.
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Harvey Levin and the rest of the TMZ on TV team give America an eyeful of Drama drama when they leak a videotape of the actor, um, pleasuring himself.
The producer of (and inspiration for) Entourage shares a brief hallway chat with his alter ego, Vincent Chase. He then returns at the end of the movie to hand Drama the most significant victory of his life: a Golden Globe statue for Best Supporting Actor for his acclaimed performance in Hyde. That’s right — Drama now has one Golden Globe and Wahlberg has zero.
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