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What it was like scouting locations for the 'Entourage' movie

Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven star in
Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven star in "Entourage."
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They're back! Vinnie, Ari, Turtle, E, Drama and Ari.

The boys of the hit HBO show Entourage now have a film of their own, called... "Entourage."

The plot is pretty straight forward. Movie star Vinnie Chase is looking to take his Hollywood career to the next level - directing!

The film stars Adrien Grenier as Vinnie and Jeremy Piven as his agent, along with cameos from people like Liam Neeson, Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Wahlberg.

But much like the TV show, the "Entourage" film also stars Los Angeles.

From amazing mansions by the beach to trendy eateries, this movie shows off all the glitz and glamour of LA and Alex Cohen recently had the chance to talk to the man who "cast" all of those places, so to speak.

His name's Chris Miller and he was the film's location manager.

How he would describe the job of location manager:

"The best was I can describe it is it's sort of like bringing a circus to town. It's places for people to park. Tents that need to go up, literally sometimes. The location itself... maps to get there... it's really accommodating a 150 man crew at a place that's really not made for that in most cases, especially with a lot of the locations in "Entourage" that weren't so easy to access, with mansions and things like that.

"So, it's really about just coordinating and getting in with the cities and permits and police and fire and all that stuff and just making it work..."

The challenges of filming in Los Angeles:

"They're so used to filming here that you end up with people that are often very tired of it, because it does get tedious if it's a frequently filmed location...

"Other things that we ran into on "Entourage" was the types of houses that Doug [Ellin] wanted to shoot, several of them were very difficult to actually get to. Up very narrow winding roads, where you can really only fit pickup truck size vehicles and we had to... try and get the same amount of equipment that we do anywhere else up on a cliffside. And we did this with several of the locations that we shot at... it was just a constant train of trucks going up the hill... and everybody waiting patiently for their piece of gear."

How he convinces rich people to rent out their fancy houses for film crews and party scenes

"The Entourage name has some mileage on it... if they were fans of the show, which there were a lot of them, it seemed to open doors.

"We do put a little of money in the budget for repairs and things like that... we know ahead of time that we're going to do a little bit of damage. It's inevitable."

To hear the rest of the interview where Miller reveals more secrets about location scouting, click on the embedded audio at the top of the post.