TCA 2011: The boys of 'Entourage' say goodbye -- for now
The session for 'Entourage," which wrapped the second day of the TCA press tour, turned out to be more than just an opportunity to promote the eighth and final season of the HBO comedy. There was a vibe of emotion and bittersweetness.
It would be the last time the core cast would ever be together to talk about the series.
"As we sit here, this is literally the last time we'll be sitting together with each other as a TV show," said Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy, the best friend and manager of movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier).
He continued talking until concluding, "I don't want to start crying."
Grenier said he and his colleagues were quite emotional about the series coming to an end: "We're all choked up. We spent countless days, hours together, doing something we're very proud of."
Of course, the boys -- Grenier, Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven -- may not be separated for long. The possibility of an "Entourage" movie is still very much alive.
"I was looking at the clip before we came up here, and it looks like a movie to me," said actor Mark Wahlberg, the executive producer whose movie career is the inspiration for the series. "I certainly hope this has a chance. I think people want to go on a journey with these guys. And I'm always hearing the episodes are too short."
Creator/executive Doug Ellin was more blunt: "We're going to do a movie. It's a question of when."
Ellin said he was particularly proud of this final season, which launched last week: "I really wanted to have the audience feel that we loved hanging out with these guys, and that they'll miss them. We've had a really good vibe with these guys."
Photo: The cast of the final season of "Entourage." Credit: HBO