You would think life in Hollywood could be a bit awkward when you're best known for playing one the biggest (fictional) movie stars in the world, but Adrian Grenier insists his "Entourage" character, Vincent Chase, hasn't cast a shadow over his own career. "I mean, I think it's a failure of imagination if you start to let your successes bog you down," Grenier says. "If I have to work harder to convince people that I'm more than the character or I have other things up my sleeve, then so be it."
In fact, Grenier made peace with his fictional alter ego a long time ago — for self-preservation means if nothing else. "We're sort of living vicariously through each other, comfortably sharing the same space," he says. "When people call me Vince, I answer. I don't try to correct people. Because I am Vince to many people. I mean, even blurring the lines as much as the fact that Vince was Aquaman and in real life I do a lot of ocean work. I am Aquaman in real life, in a way."
Of course, there really is an Aquaman coming — to be directed by "Furious 7" helmer James Wan, from the same studio that released "Entourage" — but that one will star Jason Momoa, not Vincent Chase. Or Adrian Grenier. And just in case you were wondering, Grenier made no effort at all to get a shot at the superhero role that was such a success for Vinny Chase. "I think that would've been too silly," he says. "I mean, if James Cameron was directing it I might be into it."
The "Entourage" film finds Vince a few years removed from the series' triumphant finale, a hugely successful and newly divorced movie star who now wants to direct his first feature — a plot point Grenier, a director himself, had a hand in crafting. "Vince wanting to direct was part of what I was pushing for. I wanted to step up the character and allow him to evolve into that next stage of his career," Grenier says. "But for the most part Doug [Ellin] borrows from a lot of our real lives and also from what's happening out there in the zeitgeist."