It looks like things are just about hugged out for Team “Entourage.” After a two-week stretch of juicy tabloid headlines about greed and friendship, co-star Jerry Ferrara told Wendy Williams that the movie adaptation could happen as soon as right now.
“It’s looking good. It’s looking real good. It could be closed today,” Ferrara, who played Turtle on the HBO series, said in an interview with Williams. “I could go look at my phone right now, and it’s done. It’s real close. We’re hoping to shoot in January.”
Ferrara’s words echo what co-star Kevin Connolly has been saying for a while. Speaking to TMZ on last Sunday, Connolly said the film was going to happen, and while nothing was official just yet, it looked likely to star production in January. Connolly had similar enthusiasm for the film back in April of this year. “Everything is such hard work, but that’ll be like a vacation,” Connolly said to HuffPost Entertainment about returning to “Entourage.” “It can’t happen fast enough for me.”
As for the delay, speculation has run rampant that Ferrara and star Adrian Grenier were holding out for a better deal in lieu of what Jeremy Piven received for the film.
“Is that what the streets are saying? Do you believe the streets?” Ferrara asked Williams when she suggested that rumor to him during the interview. “Here’s what I’ll say about holdouts: Athletes hold out when they have a contract they don’t want to honor. It goes on more than you think. There’s so many different parts of making a movie. It could be as simple as scheduling. Like on one week, someone has to be somewhere. No one is holding out. We knew the whole time we wanted to do this movie. We’re actually kind of schedule, believe it or not.”
Ferrara made similar comments to TMZ after producer Mark Wahlberg suggested that some members of the “Entourage” team were being greedy.
“I know nothing,” Ferrara said while being ushered past the paparazzo. “I’d do it for free.”
Watch Ferrara’s charming interview with Wendy Williams below. (She asks him about girls and his weight loss and fighting Robert De Niro.)