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As Entourage launches its final season, Kevin Dillon prepares to part with Johnny “Drama” Chase and the rest of the show’s motley crew.

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Entourage’s Johnny Chase gets no respect. Through seven seasons, Drama, as he is (somewhat) affectionately called by his flock of fellow lost boys in Tinseltown, has suffered one indignity after another, his rich optimism always resurrecting him like a phoenix, if only to slam into another brick wall. With Entourage’s eighth and final season now under way on HBO, Kevin Dillon — who has received three Emmy nominations for portraying Drama — reflects on the joys and sorrows of playing everybody’s favorite loser.
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American Way: You’ve had an amazing run playing one of the most pathetic men on television.
Kevin Dillon: Yeah. Thanks for that, man. [Laughs.] Drama really is a sad, pathetic man. He knows how to make the bad choice and exactly when to embarrass himself, and he’s also got a large heart. He’s a perfect storm.

AW: For men of a certain age, Swingers and Entourage have been our education in modern masculinity. Is this a good thing?
KD: Depends on what kind of man you want to be. I don’t think you want to be taking any lessons from my character.

AW: Have there been times where you would’ve liked to provide counsel to Drama?
KD: Absolutely. I’d just tell him, “Stop being so self-defeating.” Every time he’s on top, he somehow ruins it for himself. Every single time. It’s ego mostly. He’s got too much pride — which is so rare for an actor. [Laughs.]

AW: I’m guessing that in eight seasons, with a cast of almost all men, there were plenty of pranks and spitting contests on set.
KD: I’m a New Yorker, so we call it “busting chops.” And we do that 24/7. Everybody clicks. Nobody gets away with anything. And we’re all in love with each other.

“Every time [Drama’s] on top, he somehow ruins it for himself. … It’s ego mostly. He’s got too much pride — which is so rare for an actor.


AW: Will parting, then, be such sweet sorrow?
KD: I’m just going to miss it so much. It’s going to be a sad day when they call that final “cut and wrap.” And then, you know, we’ll suck back all those tears and have the wrap party to end all parties. We’ll be in New York. We might go three days in a row. You might read about us in the papers the next day.