Piven hints at payback for Ari Gold in "Entourage"

Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:32am EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Entourage" kicks off its eighth and final season on Sunday, bringing to a close the award-winning HBO comedy drama and its wry look at Hollywood.

Reuters spoke to actor Jeremy Piven as he prepares to bid farewell to his iconic character Ari Gold, the brash, neurotic, take-no-prisoners power agent.

Q: What can fans expect from this final season of "Entourage"?

A: "I think the wife may have had it. I think Ari Gold's methods may be completely unsound and he can be a blow-hard and reckless. And now the things that matter most to him are being taken away. As an actor to play a guy like that who's been brought to his knees -- you dream of that as an actor. I couldn't be happier. A lot of stuff that Ari has put out there to the universe is going to come back to haunt him."

Q: And what can Jeremy Piven fans expect in the future? I hope it's not the same.

A: "I have a real shot at impressing my 6 year-old niece, Pearl, since the next thing I have is 'Spy Kids 4D'. She is completely underwhelmed by Uncle Jeremy at this point. I play a handful of characters. Some of them are unrecognizable and I had a blast doing them. I think I found my calling and I think it's being a huge ham in front of a green screen with Robert Rodriguez. I can't even tell you how much fun I had.

"And probably the antithesis of that, 'I Meld With You,' which is one of these "bare it all movies," where a group of guys, myself Rob Lowe, Thomas Jane, Christian McKay, get together every year and have this guy's weekend and celebrate our youth. And another film after that with Miley Cyrus."

Q: So your niece has a lot to look forward to.   Continued...