I watch Entourage mostly because I love Jeremy Piven’s portrayal of Hollywood super-agent Ari Gold. Piven has won two Emmy Awards for his work on the HBO original series, which made me want to check out some of the other things he’s done in his career.
So a couple weeks ago, I rented Smokin’ Aces, a 2006 film in which Piven co-starred with Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck, and Jason Bateman, among others.
Well, I didn’t like that movie at all, and didn’t get very far in it before I just gave up and returned it to Blockbuster without finishing it. I made it to the part where Buddy (Piven’s character) is holed up in a Vegas hotel after jumping bail and running away from the mob hitmen on his trail.
At least, that’s what I think was going on. In all honesty, the storyline was so jumbled and confusing that I had a hard time following along (which is probably the main reason that I gave up on the film).
Anyway, it’s kind of strange that I haven’t liked any of the Jeremy Piven movies I’ve seen thus far. He’s just not as fun or interesting in these other roles, so I guess I’ll just stick to Entourage from now on!