(photo credit: behindthehype.com)
I remember the first time I saw HBO's "Entourage." Must've been around '06, and I was hangin' at my boy Big Jay's crib having pre-drinks before heading out for the night. He popped in a DVD from the show's first-season box set, and proceeded to tell me that the next 22 minutes would change my television-viewing life. He was right. I'd never seen anything like it. It was like "Sex in the City ... For Fellas!" I've been a fan of the show ever since, and as such I've kept my eye out for other projects involving its cast.
Teenage Paparazzo is a documentary film directed by Adrian Grenier, who on the show plays the lead role of Vincent Chase. The movie (yeah that's right, film snobs ... I called it a MOVIE) is based on the life of a 14-year-old "paparazzo" named Austin Visschedyk. While out on the Hollywood town, Grenier meets this kid after he's been "sprayed" - the term for having your photo taken in a series of rapid-fire 'shutter snaps' ... it sounds like an assault rifle! Inspired by this stunning encounter, Grenier proceeds to befriend the teenager in an effort to not only understand his life as part of the paparazzi, but also understand our society's obsession with celebrity. It's really well done! It has some cool clips from interviews with celebs such as Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Kevin Connolly, LiLo and many more.
I recently had a chance to meet Adrian when he was in El Toro to promote the doc and sign some autographs ... dude's a very cool cat.