Adrian Grenier uses 'Entourage' language in drug documentary

Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:24pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor-director Adrian Grenier is best known as the charismatic lead star of HBO's film industry satire "Entourage," but behind the camera, the actor has found an edgier way to explore real-life issues, including producing a mock tutorial-style documentary on the war on drugs.

"How to Make Money Selling Drugs," out in theaters this week, is billed as a 10-step guide to entering the drug trade from the ground up to the level of the cartels.

Grenier, 36, teamed up with director Matthew Cooke to executive-produce the documentary, which he said was intentionally a tongue-in-cheek analysis of the drug trade, intended to resonate with a younger audience.

"Documentaries don't have the visibility that 'Entourage' has, which is why I thought we'd employ a little bit of the 'Entourage' language, a little bit of fun, tongue-in-cheek, the ironic aspirations. It is a fun movie and I hope we're going to reach a new audience with how fun it is," Grenier told Reuters.

Grenier has found a home on documentaries outside of his acting career, beginning with his own journey to reunite with his estranged father in 2002's "Shot in the Dark."

In 2010, he released "Teenage Paparazzo," a look into the relationship of celebrity and paparazzi through the eyes of 14-year-old celebrity photographer Austin Visschedyk.

"I've always been a big fan of documentaries, they're a fantastic way to explore ideas and learn about things in a narrative and curious kind of way," Grenier said.

THE WAR ON DRUGS   Continued...

Cast member of the HBO series 'Entourage' Adrian Grenier takes part in a panel discussion about the show during the HBO session at the 2011 Summer Television Critics Association Cable Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California July 28, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser