Chat with Jerry Ferrara
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, actor Jerry Ferrara, best known for his role as Turtle in HBO's "Entourage," stops by to chat about his latest movie "Think Like a Man" that opens Friday.
An adaptation of Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," the film follows four couples, where the women partners are readers of Harvey's best seller. When the men learn the women are hooked on Harvey's advice, they try to turn the tables.
Send your questions now and join Ferrara Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:22 PM)
Actor Jerry Ferrara, aka Turtle from "Entourage," will be here shortly for your questions!
Buzzmaster (3:30 PM)
We've got Jerry!
I thought you did great against Skip Bayles. Do you think you got the better of him?
Jerry Ferrara (3:31 PM)
I did think that I got the better of him, especially in the Master debate. He basically was predicting that Watson wasn't going to win another major. You look around and you see that guys get another. I still couldn't convince him about the Giants prediction.
There is some star power in this movie...What was it like working on such a big movie like this?
Jerry Ferrara (3:32 PM)
It was great for a lot of reasons. It started up right as Entourage ended. It was a good distraction that it had ended for good. Any time you have talented people like that you try to keep up and not try to ruin the movie. It was unbelievable. You can't keep up with Kevin Hart. Don't try.
Was losing the weight partly so you could distinguish yourself post-Entourage?
Jerry Ferrara (3:33 PM)
You know what, actually it was. First and foremost, it was a health thing. I wasn't in any health danger, but I couldn't get through two pickup games of basketball. But also, part B is you play a character for so long, you get locked into that. While getting into shape was good for health, it was a good business decision.
With this movie coming out, i'm sure you've been talking to a lot of fans and you're probably getting a lot of questions about Turtle....do you get annoyed at all about that?
Jerry Ferrara (3:34 PM)
No. It's a form of flattery to me. To me, the reason why any actor does a role, yes, it has to mean something to them, but you want people to watch it and get it and understand it and relate to it. It's all about how you handle an approach. I'll give you what you give me. If you're cool, and respectful, I'll sit there and talk to you as long as I can.
Jerry, do you play fantasy baseball? If so, how is your team doing so far?
Jerry Ferrara (3:36 PM)
I used to play fantasy baseball when I was younger. It became far too frustrating for me. The season is so long. I've been doing fantasy football for 10 years. My team did not do great this year. I had a lot of injuries. I won my last six after losing my first six. Very disappointing year.
It had been a few years since you made a movie and now you've made a few the last couple of years....what's it like getting back into making movies?
Jerry Ferrara (3:37 PM)
It's definitely great. It's a good change up. Entourage was more of a 9-5, or like, 6a-7p. It's nice to do one role and then move on to another. This was my first summer, fall and spring I've had to go after these opportunities. It's been a great transition.
If you could go pro in one sport, what would it be?
Jerry Ferrara (3:38 PM)
Wow. Great question. It's like picking which of your children is your favorite. My favorite sport to watch is football. My favorite sport to play is basketball, so point guard for the Knicks.
Jerry Ferrara (3:38 PM)
But you can't go wrong with QB for the Giants right now either.
Got big plans for tomorrow?
Jerry Ferrara (3:39 PM)
Yes and no. I have a lot of my friends are supporting and going to see it. They want me to come, but I think it's weird to go and see your own movie. I don't know. Tomorrow night, I have a pick up basketball game. I don't want to get caught up in how well or not well the movie is doing. I'm going to really kind of chill and go off the grid for a little bit and not be attached to my phone or e-mail. My big plans for me are to not have big plans.
how close in reality was Entourage to this movie?
Jerry Ferrara (3:41 PM)
I think Entourage did shed light on what things are like for an actor. Obviously, we did push some things creatively. It was like some things like with Ari and being on the phone and going back and forth. All of that stuff that I didn't know if people would like or care about in Entourage kind of did happen.
Huge Entourage fan...gotta know which epsiode/season is your favorite?
Jerry Ferrara (3:43 PM)
In terms of a season, I have a very very special memory for each. But I go back to Season 2. Season 1, no one knew what we had and people weren't watching. But in Season 2 when we had a grasp on what we were doing. Episode wise, there are quite a few, and it probably changes weekly. It's probably the Joshua Tree episode where we took some psychadelic drugs to make some serious decisions. All 5 of us were in the same location, which really didn't happen that much.
Favorite city to be in? (outside of NY or LA)
Jerry Ferrara (3:43 PM)
That's where I spend all of my time, I don't really get out to many other cities. I really enjoyed Austin. I felt at home there. Great food, great people. Great music.
what's the word on the Entourage movie?
Jerry Ferrara (3:45 PM)
The word is good. It was always in the plans, the way we ended the show, the way we did the show. I just talked to the creator of Entourage and he's writing the script as we speak. We're all on the same page as sooner rather than later. It's all in the works. I can't put a gaurantee on it, but it looks really good.
Now athat you're a movie star, how big is your entourage?
Jerry Ferrara (3:46 PM)
I never really had an entourage and I don't really have one now. Entourage has two definitions. The real definition, which is what we did for the show, is your support system and the guys who would do anything for you. The other is the MC Hammer version where you ahve 80 guys doing nothing. I ride solo a lot. I don't have the big entourage.
Jerry Ferrara (3:48 PM)
I just want to say thank you for all of the support for teh 8 years of Entourage. I enjoyed making it. Hopefully, too, thank you in advance for going to see Think Like A Man, I enjoyed making it. I think you'll end up walking out smiling. That's what I hope, that you go into the theater for 2 hours and come out having enjoyed yourself.