‘Entourage’ creator bashes Giants QB Eli Manning for bailing on cameo
Tom Brady subbed in on a cameo on "Entourage" because Eli Manning flaked out after asking in. That’s the story according to the show’s creator and writer, Doug Ellin.
On the latest edition of "In Depth with Graham Bensinger," Ellin said, "One of the great tragedies is Eli Manning bailing on me. He said, ‘I love the show. I’d love to be on it’ and whatever. So I took however much time it takes to write a script and then I sent it to him and he didn’t call me back, and I called him again, and he didn’t call me back. I called him again, he didn’t call me back."
Ellin added, "Someone told me that Peyton [Manning] wanted to do it as well, so I had written Eli and Peyton it in [and] didn’t know how to replace them."
According to Ellin, executive producer Mark Wahlberg came up with the idea for Wahlberg and Tom Brady to fill in for the Manning brothers.
Did Eli provide an excuse for bailing?
"His agent called me and said something to the effect of, ‘He wants to focus on football. I’m sure you understand,’" Ellin said. "And I kinda went crazy and said, ‘No I don’t understand. He works hard, I work hard. I didn’t call him, he called me.’ … It’d be one thing if he read the script and said, ‘I hate it, this is awful,’ but I never got anything."
This diss still stings for Ellin, who grew up in New York and is a Giants fan.
"If Russell Wilson was the quarterback of the Giants, I’d be a happier person," he told Bensinger.