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The Real-Life Bros of ‘Entourage’

Meet the dudes who inspired movie’s Hollywood players and pals

Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven

Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven in 'Entourage.'

Claudette Barius

When Entourage hit the airwaves in 2004, it was common knowledge that the show was based loosely on the exploits of executive producer Mark Wahlberg and his hometown buddies who accompanied him to Tinseltown. This summer, the wayward Hollywood heroes are back with their own movie — so it's time to meet the actual guys who inspired Vinnie, Turtle, Drama, E. and Ari, and see what's become of them.

Ari Emanuel and Jeremy Piven

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Ari Gold (Ari Emanuel)

How Similar Are They to Their Character?
William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Emanuel is known for his brash style. "He's fast-talking, on the move, and Jeremy Piven was able to capture that amazingly," Ellin says.

How Do They Feel About Their Portrayal?
"That's not who I am," Emanuel said in 2011. Wahlberg tells a different story, saying that Emanuel once proclaimed "I'm the real Ari" to a group of Entourage fans.

Where Are They Now?
The second-most-hardass member of his family (his brother is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel), Ari personally reps Martin Scorsese, Larry David and Oprah Winfrey.