Let’s go back to 2004: social media was in its infancy, MTV actually still played music, celebrity gossip was all the rage and the Kardashians had not taken over the world… yet. The world was ready for some escapism even as things didn’t seem so happy in the news. Enter a little show on HBO called Entourage, which hit nearly every Hollywood dreamer with the ultimate saga of wish-fulfillment. Originally conceived as a semi-biographical take on Mark Wahlberg and the friends who followed him to Hollywood stardom, the show followed the exploits of Vince (Adrian Grenier), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), Eric – aka “E” (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrera), and Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as they rose through the ranks of show business. Ultimately the show evolved into a male-oriented companion piece to the hugely successful Sex and the City with its showcasing of the latest and greatest status symbols (shoes, clothes, jewelry, etc) to accompany the series’ actual themes and stories. This was often one of the silliest melding of product placement into narrative and nothing better showed this than the multiple story threads about these men and their cars.
Cars are often symbols of status just as much as they are the playthings for gear-heads, and in Entourage, they were often both. In honor of the release of the Entourage movie, which hit theaters on June 3rd, here is a glimpse of some of the supercars that became TV superstars! (Warning: Videos may contain adult language.)
1965 Lincoln Continental
Ferrari F430 Spyder
Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Proving that friendship is everything and money is no object, Vince treats his Entourage to an Aston Martin DB9 Volante each – beginning a love affair with Aston Martin which would last to the very last episode. Spoiler Alert: As Vince’s financial situation worsens these cars would later be repossessed.
Rolls Royce Phantom
While fast and expensive cars were a staple of Entourage, none made such a statement quite like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Vince buys on a whim in just the second episode. This not only cemented Vince’s newfound position of wealth but was also put the group’s humble beginnings into perspective when Turtle mentions that the Phantom cost more than the houses they grew up in. A small price to pay though, when you’re at the top of your game in the glamorous Hollywood Hills.
Bonus: Honda Prelude
Even as they are about to board a private jet, Vince’s best bro/manager/life partner E still refused to part with his beat-up old Honda Prelude. It takes some convincing from Vince but he eventually agrees to leave the car behind on the runway at the end of the first season – only to discover at the start of the next season that he had phoned the airport and asked them to store it for him until he got back. Hopping out of a private jet and into an old Honda Prelude for the drive home may not be glamorous – but that set the tone for the series, proving that fame, money and success had not gone to their heads. Cue 3 seasons later and the car is forgotten and the show dipped into Caligula-levels of excess but this old 90s relic will always be a reminder of simpler times.
Are you mesmerized by all the glitz, glamour and wealth on display with these cars? The Entourage movie may be a few years too late, but the series will always serve as a reminder about that innocent time when we all wish we could drive through Hollywood in the most stylish of cars, with our own entourage, just to see what it’s like.