Entourage: Farewell to the hilarious Johnny Drama
Published 13/09/2011 | 10:59
Kevin Dillon's brilliant comedy role as Johnny 'Drama' Chase has been the highlight of Entourage, which ends tonight after eight seasons.
It would never be considered for Politically Correct Show Of The Year but tonight one of President Barack Obama's favourite shows, Entourage, reaches the end of an seven-year run.
The HBO show is crude and chauvinistic and appeals to the lowest forms of male fantasy TV. And it is wickedly funny at times.
The lead character, Hollywood film star Vinny Chase, has always been a bit bland. His dialogue a wooden prelude to chasing and conquering scantily-clad girls.
But the star of Entourage has been his older half-brother Johnny 'Drama' Chase. As the show has lost some of its sharpness, 'Drama' has been getting better and better.
The character is reportedly based on Mark Wahlberg's cousin Johnny Alves but 'Drama' himself - in an astute piece of casting - is played by Kevin Dillon, the younger brother of actor Matt Dillon.
New Yorker Kevin Dillon, now 46, plays Drama superbly - a quirky role as a slightly numskull and needy semi-failed actor who speaks his mind no matter how un-PC his thoughts. His portrayal has earned him three Primetime Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.
Some of his deadpan comedy lines have been wonderfully delivered and he has been adept at sending up a character whose claim to fame at the start of the series was that he had played Tarvold in a cult television series called Viking Quest.
As his on-screen brother's celebrity status rocketed, Drama was being left behind and he said at one point: "I've been working steady for the past twelve years, minus the last three."
He delights in being an unreformed man. Among his most-quoted quips are: "Nobody appreciates their girlfriend. Until they get herpes from the next broad. Know what I'm saying?" and "Hey you remember the Orange County Register said I was a functioning retard."
In Entourage's final season Drama became the focal point of the humour. He was dressed in a pinny, fussily removing every trace of alcohol from Vince's house before his return from rehab in one fine scene.
The other main 'funny' character in Entourage is the lavishly-nasty, insult-firing super agent Ari Gold, brilliantly played by Jeremy Piven.
He also glories in being a sexist, with wisecracks such as. “Well, my girl won her debate on Friday, my boy scored a goal on soccer on Saturday and my wife agreed to visit her mother without me. I don’t know how things could get much better!”
He's brilliantly complemented in Entourage by his put-upon gay assistant Lloyd Lee (Rex Lee).
Obama was so obsessed by the show that he would re-arrange campaign commitments to see the show. "We would talk about Entourage all the time," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs once admitted.
There's only one thing for it now Entourage is over. Drama must be Obama's next running mate.