The race by the AMPTP and the WGA to get a deal executed by sunset had loads of people pondering again to a really memorable episode of Entourage — Doug Ellin, included.
The creator of the HBO comedy was reminded Sunday on X about how the weekend negotiations between the AMPTP and the WGA sounded “like an Entourage storyline.”
Ellin replied, “And on Yom Kippur it certain does.”
Not certain what he’s speaking about? Think again 16 years in the past to the season 3 episode dubbed “The Return of the King.” The 2007 episode kicks off with the boys on the race monitor whereas Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is arriving at temple earlier than the beginning of Yom Kippur. That’s when he runs into Nick Rubenstein (Adam Goldberg), the neurotic son of film producer Phil Rubenstein who’s making the film Medellin with Paul Haggis.
The rub: Benecio Del Toro has walked away from the movie so the Rubensteins need Vince (Adrian Grenier) to take over the lead position. The hassle is, studio head Arthur Gatoff (Harris Yulin) has given Nick till sunset to rent Vince or the film dies. And Ari not reps Vince; Amanda Daniels (Carla Gugino) is his agent now.
That doesn’t cease Ari and Nick from making an attempt to make the deal.
“Jesus Christ, it’s Yom Kippur,” Ari’s spouse (Perrey Reeves) shouts at him in temple.
After a comical try by Ari and Nick to confront Gatoff at his personal temple, sunset comes with no deal for Vince (although he later finally ends up becoming a member of that hot-mess-of-a-movie that goes straight to DVD).
Fortunately, life didn’t imitate Entourage artwork on Sunday as a result of the WGA got its deal.