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Entourage: The best cameos

Entourage: Season 8

Compiled by Jack Foley

POST-Entourage depression is still gripping most of us. Through the brilliance of Mark Wahlberg and writer Doug Ellin, the show was truly the first of its kind in epitomizing modern Hollywood and the racy realities of the fame monster.

As we anxiously sat on our couches glued to HBO, waiting for the next wild step of Vincent Chase’s climb to fame, one aspect we anticipated most was the next great cameo.

The cameos were hand-chosen to masterfully depict the erratic personalities that run Tinsel-town – and oh, trust us, they didn’t disappoint.

Here are our favourites and greats from across the spectrum we know as Hollywood.

Martin ScorseseReturn to Queen Blvd (season 5, episode 12)

Nothing shines more brightly on a screen than Martin Scorcese’s name – well, maybe his face. Doug Ellin must have been ecstatic when he nabbed the one and only for a cameo, and the fans were equally elated. His appearance in season 5 was significant and representative of the series’ summit of success – something that seldom comes in the game of Hollywood.

James Cameron

This cameo – or as we should say, cameos – were just as big for the series as a certain ship that sailed across the Atlantic 100 years ago. The appearance of James Cameron in four episodes was indication that Entourage wouldn’t be sharing that same sinking fate. The monster success of a director appeared on the series to direct Vinnie as Aquaman. Perfect if you ask us, word is he is good at directing.

M Night ShyamalanSorry, Harvey (season 4, episode 4)

This cameo spot on encapsulated the madness of some of our favourite Hollywood directors. With his ever so brief appearance, master-of-bizarre director M. Night Shyamalan almost teases himself as he demands Ari read a whole script in one night only to be quizzed on it in the morning. Shayamalan then of course goes on to rewrite the entire script. Well done, Ellin.

Mark Wahlberg

Entourage wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the multiple appearances of show creator and true Hollywood renaissance man Mark Wahlberg. Like everything Marky Mark touches, he graced the series with his rough comedic touch and it became a new shade of gold. Entourage itself was initially conceived to be a loose representation of Mark’s acting life and the ridiculous experiences he had in the industry.

Larry DavidNew York (season 1, episode 8)

The evolution of the sitcom woudn’t be the same if it weren’t for Larry David. The mastermind behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm appeared on the series to deliver one of his infamous and aimless rants – the ones that have somehow given us the warmest comedic satisfaction over the years. The signature awkwardness David brought to his scene with Ari set the bar Entourage cameo bar high.

Johnny GaleckiSecond to Last (season 8, episode 7)

This one was a big bang. Far from his Roseanne days and stepping away from his mega geek role, Johnny Galecki appeared in the last season as a surprisingly suave and typical Hollywood ego maniac. The departure from what we typically know and love sweet Galecki as – and the sad truth of some of our favourite Hollywood personalities – made it Entourage perfect.

Bob SagetNeighbours (season 2, episode 5), No More Drama (season 6, episode 7), Buzzed (season 7, episode 2), Bottom’s Up (season 7, episode 5)

What would any TV show in the 2000s be without the occasional appearance of Bob Saget? However, don’t confuse this character with the Olson twin daddy and Americas Funniest Home Videos Saget. Our loveable actor appeared three times during the series as a perverted, crude and sex-crazed sleeze – Hollywood is full of these. You are more likely to find this Saget in a brothel house than a full one, and we couldn’t be more satisfied.

Jimmy KimmelTalk Show (season 1, episode 3)

Because every up-and-coming actor today has to sit on this guys couch before they make it big, and Vince is no different. The appropriately named episode – directed by Seinfeld head writer Larry Charles – is when Vince agrees to stop by Kimmel’s studio to promote his new film, in turn setting off an old feud between Vince’s brother and the talk show. Classic Kimmel, classic Entourage, classic success.

Jay LenoDrive (season 6, episode 1)

It’s safe to say Vince is kind of a big deal by season six, so it’s only appropriate he sits on a big deal couch. The season premiere of season six takes us into late night comedy king Jay Leno’s studio as Vince continues to promote his acting acting career.

Matt Damon Give A Little Bit (season 6, episode 12)

Arguably the greatest cameo of the entire series is, of course, the one with Matt Damon. Our abdominal muscles ache from the haunting laughter at the thought. During the finale of season six, we find Damon stalking our acting-boy Vince to donate obscene amounts money to a charity (Bono is on it too, naturally). Playing himself, Damon explodes into one of most brilliant rants Entourage – no, television – has ever seen. Leave it to Matt Damon.

David SchwimmerRunning on E (season 6, episode 4)

This cameo from David Schwimmer probably isn’t a huge departure from what he actually experienced in his post-Friends career. Geller – er, Schwimmer – visits Ari’s office in hopes of landing a fresh non-Ross role. To the audience’s amusement, Schwimmer erupts in an angry sarcastic rant after being pitched just the opposite. This scene paints a pretty accurate picture of the cliché post TV stardom hurdle all seven – minus Jennifer – “friends” have encountered.

Zac EfronSecurity Briefs (season 6, episode 9)

The great thing about Zac Efron is you can only see him for a few seconds and will be swooning for the whole day. That’s why this short cameo in which Efron walks around an LA store talking on his mobile being gawked at by women made viewers oh so happy.

Pauly ShoreAquamansion (season 2, episode 3)

Pauly Shore is pretty much all Pauly Shore here. The comedy film legend does an accurate job at playing his notorious party-crashing self in this episode, which takes place at the famous Playboy Mansion of Hef. Despite security dragging him away, this isn’t the last time Shore appears on Entourage.

Jessica AlbaThe Review (season 1, episode 2)

The young bombshell is her gorgeous and carefree self in this brief cameo in which she bumps into the Entourage crew and invites them over to a hip LA party at her place. Let’s get real, who can say no to her? Alba is one of the most biggest babes to grace the series.

Scarlett JohanssonNew York (season 1, episode 8)

You can’t go wrong with Scarlett. The actress glows even when sharing a phone conversation with Vince in this cameo – he had been bugging E to get him connected with his biggest crush. We were just as thrilled as Vince when he delivered.

Gary BuseyBusey And The Beach (season 1, episode 6), The Boys Are Back In Town (season 2, episode 2), Gary’s Desk (season 4, episode 8)

Gary Busey cameos – and thankfully for us, there are a few – rank in the greatest of Entourage. He brings his intense and eccentric personality to play himself as an actor turned artist – pure Busey greatness all the way.

Seth Green – Strange Days (season 3, episode 7), Vegas Baby, Vegas (season 3, episode 9), Seth Green Day (season 5, episode 10)

You can never have too much Seth Green. The Buffy veteran and son of Dr. Evil created another memorable mini-role during his cameos on Entourage. The actor sporadically appears across the series as an almost nemesis of Eric. We love Green in everything he does, but the whole audience delighted when he got punched.

LeBron JamesGive a Little Bit (season 6, episode 12)

LA wouldn’t be LA if it weren’t for the overly and exploited lavish lifestyles of the Lakers. This cameo of the team’s front man Lebron James made the Hollywood image Entourage paints just a touch more complete.

Phil MickelsonReDOMption (season 5, episode 6)

What’s a workday without fitting a round of golf with Phil Mickelson in? A workday not in LA is the answer. This cameo captures the carefree Hollywood lifestyle feat. a memorable appearance from one of the PGA greats.

EminemLose Yourself (season 7, episode 10)

Like all finales from the series, the end of season seven saved the best for last. Marshall Mathers – a famous case of rags-to-riches in Hollywood – is throwing a huge party where Vince gets himself into a riff with the real Slim Shady. The badboy rapper didn’t have to do much acting in this cameo to appear totally cool and radiate pure swag.

Kanye WestNo Cannes Do (season 4, episode 11)

Scuse’ my French, but Kanye is going to France in this episode. The superstar rapper and Kim Kardashian’s beau made an appearance in this episode to deliver Vince and the boys to the Cannes Film Festival.

Christina AguileraLose Yourself (season 7, episode 12)

Miss Christina Aguilera joined Eninem in the season six finale to make it the episode of music star power. She played her unbelievably talented self in a private performance for Ari Gold – lucky guy.

Jessica SimpsonBottoms Up (season 7, episode 5)

The famous and charming blonde plays herself in this episode, and her notoriously bubbly personality is all here. In this cameo the singer is getting over the loss of her dog daisy…with a new dog, accompanied by a flowery moniker. That’s Jessica for you.

50 CentOne Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car (season 6, episode 3)

For some reason it is impossible not to have a soft spot for this rapper. This cameo was just as sweet as a candy shop. The scene featured 50 Cent pulling alongside Turtle, cruising in his sweet ride at a mega balla’ status.

Entourage Season 8 and the complete Seasons 1-8 boxsets are available on Blu-ray and DVD from June 11.