Vincent Chase

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Vincent Chase
Entourage character
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Portrayed by Adrian Grenier
Information
Occupation Film Actor (Head On, Queens Boulevard, Aquaman, Medellín, Gatsby, Ferrari)
Significant other(s) A string of one night stands; previously had a brief relationship with Mandy Moore, and another with his former agent Amanda Daniels; dated porn star Sasha Grey
Relatives Rita Chase (mother)
Johnny "Drama" Chase (half-brother)
Sophia Chase (wife)

Vincent "Vince" Chase is a fictional character on the comedy-drama television series Entourage. He is played by Adrian Grenier.

Personal life[edit]

Vincent Chase grew up in Queens, New York, along with neighborhood friends Eric, Turtle, Dom & Cara. Vince's father was an alcoholic, and his absence in the episode "Aquamom" suggests that he is estranged from the family. Vince's older brother, Johnny "Drama" Chase, is also an actor and has been living in Hollywood for at least twelve years, but with considerably less success. Chase's personal life has been an area of great speculation as he has claimed to have slept with over 1,000 women. Vincent is lactose intolerant.

Throughout the series, Vince talks about how he and his entourage are "living the life" after growing up with little money, at one point saying that "I came from nothing, and as much as I like the toys, I can live without them" when told that offers for him are drying up. He is eager to share the financial and social spoils of his current stardom with them, who he thinks of as his family. While at first glance it seems that his friends are just leeches, they prove to be the ones he can depend on through thick and thin.

Vince is around 33 years old, his 29th birthday being the main storyline in the season 3 episode "Less Than 30". Vince's full ethnic background has never been revealed. It is implied that he has Latino ancestry when Eric argues that Vince should get the role of Pablo Escobar over actor Tom Cruise because "Tom Cruise isn't even Hispanic"; Johnny Drama also references his (and presumably Vince's) "Chilean blood" in the episode "The Sundance Kids." Vince claims to be part Japanese,[1] after Ari made a racial slur referring to Japanese people. Vince replies, "C'mon Ari, my grandfather is Japanese." Vince has also stated that he is Italian during an interview for Vanity Fair. Vince and Drama are also part Irish, as revealed in the episode "I Love You Too."

Fictional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vincent Chase is a young Hollywood movie star described as potentially the best young actor of his generation. Chase moved to Los Angeles following his half brother Johnny Chase with friend Sal "Turtle" when the two were 24. He started his career appearing in commercials for Menthols he then signed with agent Ari Gold who got him doing minor roles on television and cinema, the first of which was a guest spot on Jag. During this time he dated and proposed to Mandy Moore who rejected his proposal soon after his best friend Eric Murphy quit his job at an Italian restaurant, dropped out of Queens community college and moved out west. Chase's breakout role was as the lead in the film Head On, co-starring Jessica Alba. After Head On, he was offered a role in the action film Matterhorn, but he passed. (Colin Farrell ends up getting offered the role, but Matterhorn never makes it to production). Instead, Vince chooses to star in the independent film Queens Boulevard, based on the advice of his manager and best friend "E". The film is about a man presumably running from the law in Queens, New York, and was directed by filmmaker Billy Walsh. Queens Boulevard (or Q.B.) was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival upon completion and wins the Grand Jury Award.

Superstardom[edit]

Because of his performance in Q.B., Vince is offered the title role in the film Aquaman, which was to be directed by James Cameron. The movie becomes a massive success, making $116 million in ticket sales on its opening weekend, breaking the record set by Spider-Man.

After the success of Aquaman, Vince was offered the role of Pablo Escobar in the bio-pic Medellín, a film that he discovered and wanted to do before Aquaman, and which was set to be directed by Crash director Paul Haggis. But conflict arose when a sequel to Aquaman was greenlit with the same start date as Medellín. Medellín was the film Vince wanted to do, and he did attempt to work out a deal to do both movies at once. However, the head of Warner Bros. Studios reneged on an earlier promise to allow Vince to do Medellín. Vince was subsequently replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal for the Aquaman sequel. During his trouble of getting out of his Aquaman contract, Vince found out that he had already lost his role in Medellín to Benicio del Toro, leaving him jobless.

Eric Murphy then found a new project for Vince in a film entitled I Wanna Be Sedated, a biopic about punk-rocker Joey Ramone and his band The Ramones. But after turmoil with the film's producer Bob Ryan and with Vince's agent Ari Gold, the project was sold to Warner Bros., which refused to offer Vince another film for the rest of his career. This led to Vince firing Ari.

His new agent Amanda Daniels found him a new project entitled The Glimpses of the Moon, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel, to be directed by Sam Mendes. But Vince soon found out it might still be possible to get Medellín from his former agent Ari. In hopes of getting his dream project, Vince consequently began procrastinating on Glimpses. Vince also begins a brief romantic relationship with Amanda, after she boldly propositions him for sex, so they can "get it out of the way" - since sexual tension existed between the two ever since they began their agent-client relationship.

Fall from fame[edit]

After officially receiving an offer for Medellín at the very last minute, complications arose during the negotiations, which were taking place during the holiday of Yom Kippur. The film was dumped by the producer as a result. Feeling Amanda had let him down through this, Vince confronts her about it and plans on firing her, only to find out that the death of the project had been out of her hands. Amanda then leaves Vince, both professionally and romantically. Vince then purchases the script, Medellín, but only after selling his home. Once the script was purchased, negotiations were held with film producer Nick "Nicky" Rubenstein, to finance the project for $30 million. Vince turned to Billy Walsh as the director for the film. (At the time, Walsh was directing pornographic films under the alias "Wally Balls".)

During the production of Medellin, a documentary was filmed showing the process and conflict that "E", Vince and Walsh go through to complete the project. Walsh decides at the beginning of filming that the film's ending is no good, and wants to rewrite the end on his own, much to "E's' dismay. The film does get completed and for now, all is good.

After the Medellín project was completed, Walsh submitted it to the Cannes Film Festival, where it was accepted. Someone then leaked a trailer of Medellín onto YouTube, and people began to rave over the film. Hype began to build so greatly that Vince and Walsh were offered the film adaptation of the novel Lost in the Clouds.

Pre-production on the film Lost in the Clouds began, with Vince slated to star and Walsh to write/direct. But when Walsh wasn't able to adapt the novel, he began work on a script called Silo, a post-apocalypse film set in the year 2075. After Ari somehow manages to sell the studio on the new project, Lost in the Clouds was dumped and pre-production on Silo began. In the meantime, while Walsh was busy writing the script for Silo, Vincent gained an office in his manager's management group, known as The Murphy Group.

When the Cannes Film Festival finally came around, hype for Medellín had grown so large that, upon arrival, Vince and Walsh were receiving multi-million-dollar offers for the film before it even premiered. The highest bidder was Yair Marx, who offered $75 million. Once the movie was finally screened, however, the reception in the theatre was overwhelmingly negative. Marx withdrew his offer, but Harvey Weinstein offered to buy it for one dollar. Opting to look at what little bright side there was to things, Ari told Vince, "You should have seen Shakespeare in Love before Harvey got his scissor-hands on it."

Medellín directly goes to DVD and is savagely reviewed by Richard Roeper and Michael Phillips. The failure also apparently lead to Silo being scrapped, and Vincent and Turtle decide to decompress in a tropical hideaway, surrounded by multiple gorgeous women. After a few months pass, Ari is informed by producer Carl Ertz that he wants Vince for his next film, Danger Beach. Eric informs Vince of the good news, but Vince is content to go out on Medellín. Eric, Ari, and Drama fly to Mexico to get Vince to come back to L.A. for a meeting with Ertz. However, Ertz never really wanted Vince for the film to begin with. The meeting was just a ploy to get Emile Hirsch and his agent, Ari's rival Adam Davies, to do the film for less money. Despite the fact that the offer wasn't real, Vince decides that he can't go out on a box office bomb, and needs to find a new hit film to regain his stardom.

Regaining Star Power[edit]

After Vince discovers that there are no studios willing to offer him any leading roles, Eric discovers a good script for Vince from his newest clients, unknown writers Nick and L.B., called Nine Brave Souls. It is about nine firefighters on the night before the biggest fire they've ever fought. Ari does not want Vince to do another independent film because his last indie, Medellín, tanked. Figuring Vince was not going to star in Nick and L.B.'s film, Eric brings the script to Amanda. Amanda likes the script and sends it to her client Edward Norton. Edward Norton wants to make the film, but with more action sequences. However, after Ari finally reads the script he wants Vince to do the movie. Vince and Ari try to sell the script, newly titled Smoke Jumpers, to studios with Vince playing the lead role. The studios wanted the script, but not with Vince in the leading role. After realizing he wasn't going to be cast as the lead, Vincent decides to play a supporting role. Ari is set to sell the script to Steve Parles for $500,000 with Vince cast as Ray in the second lead role.

Unfortunately for Vince, Edward Norton wants to buy the script along with Alan Gray, head of Warner Bros. Studios, for $1,000,000 against $2,000,000 if the movie is made. Vince loses his supporting role because Warner Bros. purchases the film. Vince now has a difficult career move to make. He can hold out for a movie he likes, and risk going bankrupt, or he can do a new Benji film for $3,000,000. Thinking it will hurt his chances to regain his status as a movie star, Vince chooses to forgo Benji. He decides he must find a way to get back on Smoke Jumpers.

Ari takes matters into his own hands to try and get Vince back on Smoke Jumpers. Ari plans a seemingly harmless day of golf with Alan Gray. Ari knows Alan is a compulsive gambler so intends to hustle Alan, and bet Vince into the movie. However, his plan backfires because Alan's golf instructor is none other than Phil Mickelson. After Ari loses a close game to Alan, Alan becomes enraged because Ari brought up the subject of Vince and Smoke Jumpers after promising he wouldn't. Alan becomes so angry that he has a heart attack on the golf course and dies. At Alan's funeral Ari speaks with John Ellis, Alan's boss. Ari tells Ellis that Alan promised Vincent Smoke Jumpers, but Ellis has other things to discuss with Ari. He wants Ari to take Alan's old job and run Warner Bros. Pictures. This would put Ari in a position to not only get Vince back on Smoke Jumpers, but to give Vince roles in any future films financed by Warner Bros. Studio. When Vince hears this information, he has a bittersweet feeling because he wants to do Smoke Jumpers, but he doesn't want to lose Ari as his agent. Ari reconsiders taking the job, but gets bad news from his fellow Hollywood friend and former flame, Dana Gordon. Vince's former agent Amanda Daniels would run the studio if Ari doesn't take the job. Ari and Vince do not have a good relationship with Amanda after she fired him as her client.

Ari goes to Amanda's office to try and bury the hatchet with Amanda. Ari offers to turn down the job if she puts Vince in Smoke Jumpers. Amanda calls Ari's bluff thinking that he is going to turn down the job anyway. This makes Ari extremely angry, and he storms out of Amanda's office to go meet with John Ellis. Vince goes to meet with Ari under the assumption that Ari had taken the position at the studio. However, to everyone's surprise Ari turned down the job. He informs Vince and Eric that he recommended his friend Dana Gordon, and she was given the job as studio head instead of Amanda. During Vince's meeting with Ari, Dana calls to thank Ari for the recommendation. On speakerphone, Dana assures Vincent that he is in Smoke Jumpers for his full quote. Ari is still Vince's agent, Eric's best friend's career is back on track, Vince is no longer in danger of going bankrupt, and is no longer in danger of ending his movie career on a box office bomb.

Unfortunately, Vince has heated confrontations with the director of Smoke Jumpers. The director fires Vince from the set of the movie. This leads to an altercation between the director and Dana, Ari, Vince, E, and John Ellis. John Ellis makes an executive decision to drop the project and Vince, E, Turtle, and Drama head back to Queens.

Back on Top[edit]

Vince is offered a lead in Martin Scorsese's adaptation/update of The Great Gatsby, courtesy of Gus Van Sant's liking of Vince's Smoke Jumpers footage. After the massive success of Gatsby, Vince is set to star in the upcoming biopic about Enzo Ferrari directed by Frank Darabont. After production of the Ferrari movie was delayed, Vince spends most of his time relaxing. During this period of delayed production on Ferrari, Vince is paid 4,000,000 to provide the voice of a dog in an animated movie (although the actual title and success of the movie is never revealed). One night he awoke and heard noises and came to the conclusion that the house had been broken into, so Ari recommended a high-security connection that he had to hopefully track down the stalker, but it turned out to be sorority girls who had stolen Turtle's boxers because he was Jamie-Lynn Sigler's boyfriend. Vince then traveled to Italy with Johnny Drama and Turtle to begin the Ferrari picture, while Eric stayed in LA with his new fiancee Sloan McQuewick.

Downward spiral[edit]

At the beginning of Season 7, as he films an action movie with Nick Cassavetes, Vince is asked to do a dangerous driving stunt in which he is almost killed. This sparks a change in Vince's attitude, but not one for the better. He begins to date porn star Sasha Grey. Vince shows up to an important meeting regarding a new superhero movie, drunk. To make matters worse, Vince arrives to the next meeting high on cocaine. Sasha is offered to do another porn film, and while Vince is reluctant, agrees to let her do the film. Starting in the later episodes, Vince appears increasingly agitated and high strung, hinting at cocaine addiction, which is essentially confirmed when Lloyd discovers a large amount of cocaine at Vince's house. On the season finale, Vince breaks up with Sasha, leaves his house for a room at the Roosevelt hotel, begins offending female partygoers and gets into a fight with Eminem at the opening party for his album Recovery. At the end of the episode, he is in the hospital after getting beaten severely, only for a police officer to find his secret stash of cocaine, which he brought to the Roosevelt.

Personal rebound[edit]

At the beginning of Season 8, Vince undergoes court-ordered rehab for 90 days and emerges victorious. Having gotten his confidence back, he focuses on his friendships again. The group goes to great lengths to prevent Vince from relapsing, such as disposing of alcohol or drugs around the house. Vince concocts an idea to make a movie involving the plight of a buried miner, intending to get Drama cast in the role. He ends up writing a 20 page treatment, that surprises Ari and Dana Gordon, who can help get it made. Vince also runs into veteran film producer Carl Ertz at the same rehab center. Ertz had screwed Vince out of a deal and tries to get him to make another one before relapsing. Ertz later commits suicide when Vince and Turtle try to come to his rescue. A small media storm ensues just as Vince is about to undergo mandatory drug testing. He soon confesses to E that he had a couple puffs of marijuana and fears that it will jeopardize his test. The group tries to come to his rescue until Vince talks to Billy Walsh, who gets him a prosthetic penis with a clean urine sample, which the ploy works. Vince also tries to help Turtle as he tries to help a New York friend expand his restaurant business to the west coast. Turtle initially refuses his help but Vince later reveals that he didn't sell his stock out of the tequila company that Turtle helped launch. Although Turtle sold his stock, Vince bought his share to prevent Turtle from making such a mistake, making Turtle a millionaire. Vince later has an interview with a Vanity Fair reporter named Sophia, who writes an article that he doesn't quite agree with. Vince goes to great lengths to prove to her that he's reformed, even producing a video with women he's slept with, to highlight the gentleman that he is. He succeeds in courting her and spends an unforgettable 24 hours with her, before getting engaged to her, with the ceremony taking place in Paris. The group attends, except for E, whom Vince manages to smooth things over for him and Sloan after Vince inadvertently tells Sloan's father that she's pregnant with E's child.

Inspiration[edit]

Entourage Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg named the character after legendary Hollywood acting teacher Vincent Chase, whom Wahlberg became friends with while working on the 1997 Bill Paxton film Traveller. However, the character of Vincent Chase is a Marty Stu based on Mark Wahlberg himself. Wahlberg is an executive producer for Entourage and has achieved Hollywood success similar to the fictional success of Vincent.[citation needed]

Fictional filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Traveller Bimbo
2002 A Walk to Remember Small Supp. Role Had an on set relationship with Lead Actress Mandy Moore.
2004 Head On Co-Lead A Crime-Thriller/Mystery film. Co-starred with Jessica Alba. Released/produced by "20th Century FOX, Film Studio." Paid a salary $2,000,000 for his role.
2005 Queens Boulevard Lead Role An Indie Drama set in Queens, New York. Co-starred with Ethan Suplee, Zooey Deschanel and Robert Duvall. The first film Vince did with Director Billy Walsh. Produced by Scott Wick. Premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival to very positive responses. Vince and Billy later blocked the film's National Release, due to a major change the Studio made to the original cut (neon re-colorization). Later Released on DVD. Paid a salary of $60,000 before taxes and commissions.
2006 Aquaman Arthur Curry/ Aquaman Based on the comic book character of the same name. Co-starred with Mandy Moore, Ray Liotta, James Woods and Sharon Stone. Directed by James Cameron. Broke Opening Weekend records set by Spider-man, earning $116.8 million, upon release and went on to become the Highest-Grossing Film of all time. A video game, based on the movie, was also created. Released/produced by "Warner Bros. Pictures, Film Studio." Paid a salary of $5,000,000 for his role.
2007 Medellín Pablo Escobar This movie is the true story of Pablo Escobar's rise and fall. Directed by Billy Walsh. Produced by Vince, his best friend/manager Eric Murphy and Nicky Rubenstein. Premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to extremely negative responses. Bought by Harvey Weingard for $1. Ends up as direct-to-DVD. "Welcome to the Jungle", a documentary about the making of Medellín, was also filmed.
- Smoke Jumpers (unfinished) Ray McCabe About 9 firefighters battling "The Greatest Forest Fire in Oregon History." Co-starred with Edward Norton, Jason Patric and Brian Van Holt. Directed by Verner Vollstedt. Scripted by first time writers Lawrence Baird & Nick Maser. Cancelled mid-production due to budgeting issues and on set tensions between Vince and Vollstedt. Was to be released/produced by "Warner Bros. Pictures, Film Studio." The reported production budget was $120 million.
2009 Gatsby Nick Carraway Re-imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, set in modern day New York City. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Produced by Gus Van Sant. This was Vince's comeback film. It was because of the few scenes filmed during the production of Smoke Jumpers that Vince was able to land this role. The film opened at #1 at the box office grossing $37 million in its opening weekend.
2010 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari A bio-pic about the Italian race car driver, inventor and founder of the Ferrari car manufacturer, Enzo Ferrari. Directed by Frank Darabont. Filming was initially pushed back 3 months. Scheduled for released on September 24, 2010.
2010 Madagascar Sequel Benji (voice only) Fictional Sequel
2011 The Takeover TBA Action film directed by Nick Cassavetes. Vince performed some of his own stunts in this film.
2013 Air-Walker Lead role Based on comic book property by Stan Lee. Written and directed by Randall Wallace. Currently in negotiations. Reportedly will be paid $12,000,000 along with a percentage of the gross revenue for his role. Randall Wallace dropped out as director after Vince refused a drug test that he and the studio request. Wallace was then replaced by Peter Berg. Film was put on hold until Vince completed 90-day court-mandated rehab. Begins shooting in March 2012. Scheduled for a Summer 2013 release.

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
- Vicks (Television Commercial) - Shauna: "I can't believe that all of this started from a Vicks commercial!!" (while touring Vince's [formerly Marlon Brando's] new mansion he had just purchased).
- Mentos (Television Commercial) - This is the commercial in which Ari Gold first "noticed" Vincent Chase.
- JAG (1 episode) Guest Role His first job as a client of Ari Gold. Ari did not take a commission on Vince's $668.
- Live with Regis and Kelly Himself Appeared as a Special Guest on the show and "tanked" after pulling an all-nighter.
2004 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Appeared as a Special Guest on the show to promote Head On.
2005 Chinese Energy Drink (Television Commercial) - Vince was paid $500,000 for this commercial. Never to be seen in the United States. Directed by fictional Chinese filmmaker Chang Chung.
2009 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself Appeared as a Special Guest on the show to promote Gatsby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ In the episode Chinatown, Vince mentioned that he has a Japanese grandfather. It is possible that Drama shares this grandfather.

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