Ari Gold became one of our favourite ever TV characters during the eight-season run of Entourage, and now that there’s a new film released this week we get to see him back to his hilarious self.
Jeremy Piven stars as one of TV’s ultimate alpha males, though he may be on the outskirts of the main four characters in the show, it’s his rants, raves and general demeanour that make sure he stands out and steals scenes and whole episodes from his appearances.
Entourage the movie had the rumour mill churning before the series even came to a close in 2011 and now four years later it’s about to hit the big screen. Vincent Chase and his boys, Eric, Turtle and Johnny, are back; they’re once again working with super agent-turned-studio-head Ari Gold on a risky project that will serve as Vince’s directorial debut.
The film has already debuted in America, not to the greatest of reviews, but in honour of the release this Friday (June 19) in the UK we thought we’d look back to some of Ari Gold’s greatest moments.
Widely considered one of the best episodes of the whole series; Ari and Nicky Rubenstein spend the holiest day of the year scrambling to broker a studio deal to make Medellin a go, a deal they must complete before sun down.
Ari and Lloyd
Poor Lloyd, Ari’s assistant, was forever at the end of one of his rants but deep down we all know Ari had a soft spot for his assistant as the scene with Jay Lester shows when he comes to Lloyd’s rescue.
After Adam Davies sends Ari a picture of his wife from a porn movie years ago, Ari storms over to his office and demands an apology. A bitch slap for a bitch.
The grand exit
As annoyed as we were to watch Ari get booted from the agency he essentially ran, we also couldn’t be more thankful. The sequence of events leading up to his final departure is pretty much the gift that keeps on giving. A foiled attempt to rally a crew of conspirators results in scene after scene of pure comic gold, from the frazzled emergency call to Lloyd to the grand exit, not to mention his ‘promise’ to his assistant and the final freak-out in the garage. Ultimately, it’s the valet that gets the last word, and it is well worth the wait.
One of the greatest rants ever
When Ari’s switch flips there is no going back and what usually ensues is a rant of epic proportions. This has to be one of the most memorable moments of the entire series.
Ari has regained control of his agency and plots revenge by storming back into the office with a paintball gun to announce his return. This scene was a stroke of genius, and while it may seem a little outlandish, it’s Ari’s personality down to a tee.
The Drama speech
As if Ari’s stress levels weren’t already heightened from trying to handle his prize clients showdown with the studio over Aquaman 2, he soon learns that Vince won’t be taking any of his phone calls until he pulls off the seemingly impossible feat of finding Johnny Drama a job. In an act of desperation, he calls of his staff’s impending meeting, informing them that their new priority is to land the less-desirable Chase brother a role – and fast. For added measure, he promises ten grand to the first to score him a gig and gets quite descriptive about how varied the role can be. Click on the image to watch the video on Youtube.