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Kevin Dillon Talks ‘Entourage,’ 'The Throwaways’ and Nails Our Lucky 7

Kevin Dillon Talks ‘Entourage,’ 'The Throwaways’ and Nails Our Lucky 7:

In the new thriller The Throwaways, available exclusively on Crackle, there’s no shortage of drama — Johnny Drama, that is. Okay, so Kevin Dillon’s Entourage alter ego isn’t technically in the film, but the 49-year-old actor does get plenty of action as a gung ho combat specialist recruited by a team of hackers to take down an Eastern European cyberterrorist.

Dillon talked with Playboy.com about joining forces with fellow “Throwaway” (and Playboy Mansion habitué) James Caan and getting the old gang back together for the upcoming Entourage movie. Plus, he absolutely crushed our Lucky 7 questionnaire.

What made you want to do The Throwaways?
I read the script and thought it was a lot of fun. It shot in Bulgaria, and I thought that was pretty cool. I’d never been there before. James Caan doing it was a big plus — I’m a big fan of his. So I said, “Hey, let’s do it!” I loved doing a cool action movie. I hadn’t done one in a while.

What was it like shooting in Bulgaria?
It was pretty cool. I was impressed. A lot of English speakers, beautiful countryside, beautiful women. And the food was pretty good. You can find any kind of restaurant you want in Sofia.

You’ve worked with James Caan’s son, Scott, on Entourage. Notice any similarities?
They have a lot. They look alike, for sure. They have the same kind of facial expressions. Scott is a good friend of mine. And Jimmy is just as cool as Scott. They’re two great guys.

Did Jimmy tell you any stories about his days at the Playboy Mansion?
You know what, I think he did mention the Mansion. He talked about going up there a lot back in the day. I have a couple Mansion stories myself, just from filming Entourage there and going to a couple of parties. Shooting there with Hef was so cool. It was epic.

Did you know when you shot the movie that it was going to premiere on Crackle? I was a little concerned about that. It was my first time doing a movie for a streaming service, but I think that’s the wave of the future. Crackle is just another cool outlet to watch good films.

So your new movie is streaming, and your TV show Entourage is going to be a movie. Do you feel like everything’s turned upside-down?
There are definitely some new rules in play, but I think it can help out actors. There’s just more going on. It’s tough being an actor. It’s the job everyone wants, and there’s just not enough spots for everyone, but now there are a couple more spots.

How did it feel to get back together with the Entourage guys after a few years apart?
It felt good, like putting on an old shoe. It felt comfortable right away. As soon as we did a walk-and-talk in one shot, it felt like old times. We all agreed it was pretty easy, after doing eight seasons of it. We fell right into place.

Do you feel like there’s the potential for more Entourage movies?
I think there is, if it does well. And I think it’s going to be really good. I’d love to do another one, that’s for sure.

Do fans still come up to you and ask about the show?
All the time. It’s always, ‘Hey, Johnny!’ I’ve got to respond to Johnny half the time. I’m cool with that — to a point. [Laughs.] It’s a lifetime kind of part. He has so many flaws, it makes him fun to play.

What was your first exposure to Playboy?
I was walking down the street, and someone had a whole box of magazines they were throwing out by the curb. It was a free-for-all, me and my buddies tearing into the box. We grabbed as many as we could, then we all went up into a treehouse we had and… I would say read 'em, but I don’t think we really read 'em so much as we went through 'em.

What movie scared you the most when you were a kid?
I’m gonna go with Alien. I saw that in the theater, and when that alien popped out of the guy’s chest and looked around for the first time, I flipped out.

If you ended up on death row, what would your last meal be?
Man, I would go with a lobby. A nice, three-pound lobby with drawn butter. I love lobster. I eat more than my share. Thank God we don’t all eat 'em like that — there wouldn’t be any lobsters left out there.

What was your first car?
A '67 Firebird convertible. It was black. I wish I had it today. I still have a Firebird, but it’s a '69, and it’s not a convertible. I started working fairly young, so I was making a little bit of money right away. It was cool. A young guy driving around in one of those got a lot of looks.

What was the first song you knew all the words to?
It’s crazy, but it’s got to be an Irish song by the Clancy Brothers. We grew up with that. We didn’t have a lot of records, so we went through my dad’s records and he had a whole bunch of Clancy Brothers songs. It would be “The Whistling Gypsy Rover,” “Whiskey, You’re the Devil” or “Jug of Punch.”

Do you have a pop-culture blind spot?
I got a bunch of 'em. I’m not always hippest to the latest music or technology. I’m not doing Twitter or any of the social-media stuff. I don’t have any interest in telling people what I’m doing constantly.

What was your favorite mistake?
The [1988] movie The Blob. I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in it. I saw the original movie with Steve McQueen, and that was pretty cheesy. But then the way it turned out was pretty cool. Chuck Russell directed it and did a great job. There’s some talk about doing another Blob. I’d have to do a cameo!


Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote TV Guide Magazine‘s wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers” column for 10 years. His work has also been published in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, Emmy, Vulture.com and Digital Spy. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.

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