The Man Behind Entourage Visits IU

Posted on December 9, 2011

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CARLYN HILL

​IU has had an exciting lineup of special guests this year, starting off the year with a rare stage appearance by Jon Stewart. But here’s one you may not have heard about: Doug Ellin, creator of the hit HBO show “Entourage,” appeared at Alumni Hall recently.

This event was kept more on the down low compared to the coverage Jon Stewart’s performance received, but that didn’t stop Entourage fans—both from the student and public sphere—from filling alumni hall.

​The majority of the appearance was an interview style Q&A, most of the questions concerning Mr. Ellin’s show “Entourage.”

Mr. Ellin gave interesting insight into where the inspiration for the hit show came from, including the fact that much of the show is based on his friends, including famous actor Mark Wahlberg, and their real life experiences.

​During the last fifteen minutes of Doug Ellin’s appearance, the floor was open to students as well as members of the public who wanted to ask their own questions. The questions ranged from advice for future actors, to what inspired some of his earlier projects, such as “Phat Beach.”

Mr. Ellin answered each question fully and respectfully, even when there was a question posed about the lack of women’s…let’s say “chests,” in the final season of Entourage.

​After the audience had a chance to ask their questions, Mr. Ellin took the time to sign autographs and take pictures with the crowd. There was a long line that wrapped around Alumni Hall, but Mr. Ellin gave everyone time rather than peeling out early and leaving some people disappointed. Everyone who wanted their two minutes taking pictures and getting an autograph from Mr. Ellin got it.

​It was an exciting event to be involved with. While you might expect someone of Doug Ellin’s fame and success to be arrogant, Mr. Ellin was extremely down to earth, pleasant, and friendly. Plus, how often do you get to stand next to someone who calls Mark Wahlberg “my friend Mark?”

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