Jordan Belfi, AKA Adam Davies, Returns To 'Entourage' To Push Ari's Buttons
Starpulse: So what happens that brings Adam Davies back into the "Entourage" universe?
Jordan Belfi: I shouldn't reveal any specifics of the plot, but I will say stuff kind of goes down between Adam and Ari again. It's to top stuff from last season like racing down Sunset Boulevard in a Ferrari and Porsche. Later on in the season things from way back at the end of season two, when Ari planned a coo to leave the agency and Adam ratted him out and got him fired…all that stuff kind of comes full circle this season.
SP: You've faced off with Ari a lot. Is it ever intimidating to be at the receiving end of Jeremy Piven's verbal abuse?
JB: That's the thing with working with somebody like Jeremy. He brings such a power and a force to the role and it makes Ari so exciting and fun to watch. What happens with Adam Davies is he's gone from this young up and coming agent, you meet him when he's still in a cubicle as Drama's agent, and he's risen to greater prestige and power to really become a rival and nemesis to Ari. With that comes a lot of showdowns. As an actor it's phenomenal. When you're going up against somebody as powerful as Jeremy it forces you to up your game, and then the sparks can really fly. You always want to work opposite great actors because they bring the best out of you and hopefully you do the same for them.
SP: Is there ever any improvisation involved during your showdowns?
JB: It's mostly stick to the script. I think that's a testament to how good the scripts are. The fact that people sometimes question whether or not people are improvising shows it's good writing. When the writing is as good as it is on "Entourage" it makes your job as an actor so much easier. Jeremy every now and again comes up with stuff and everyone kind of fills in little things, but mostly it's from (series creator) Doug Ellin.
SP: As a working actor living in L.A. has your own life ever mirrored the show?
JB: I'm sure you've heard this before, but I think one of the reasons the show struck such a cultural chord with fans, but also specifically within the industry, because everyone within the industry watches the show, is because there is a lot of truth to it. At the heart of it there's so much truth and reflection to actually what goes on in town and then satirizes it and parodies it from there. It's all got this really solid foundation of truth of what goes on in the industry and also among the guys in terms of their friendship and loyalty. Sometimes it's almost painfully fun for people within the industry. There's moments where art starts to imitate life and life imitates art and it all blurs together. I don't play the kind of role that Adrian (Grenier) plays with Vince where he's a star, and I'm sure there's a lot of blurring between reality and life for him, the way people treat him, and that what he's portraying on the show. I play an agent, but I will say that as the show has progressed I've experienced people coming up to me and talking about how much they love the show and love Adam Davies. He's become a character that people kind of love to hate, but love how he's one of the few characters on the show that knows how to push Ari's buttons.
SP: Did you ask your own agent for advice about playing one?
JB: When I started on the show way back on season one the first scene was between Drama and me. Way back then Drama was not only not working, but he didn't even have an agent. All he was trying to do was get some representation, so they set him up in a meeting with me down in the depths of the agency, and he just feels demeaned and washed up, and it's like has he really sunk to these depths that he's begging for an agent who's barely even 24 years old? That scene between him and I, where I'm taking phone calls in the middle of the meeting and talking in a slightly condescending way, was all behavior that I totally stole from tons of meetings I had with agents as I started out. Every actor goes through that. I remembered all that experience and took all the behavior from those meetings and just used it. In a way it was easy because it was real life. My agent now loves the show and finds it absolutely hilarious.
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JB: I don't believe people would feel like they didn't connect or relate because of current economic issues. In times like this I think that people want to escape and have a fantasy even more so than ever. People talk about how movie ticket sales during the Depression were higher than ever. I think what's going on with the season now is really interesting. A lot of people are saying, "oh the guys are all going their own way" and I think that's what's really cool. This season is about change and Doug is exploring the idea that nothing lasts forever, and eventually people have to grow up and do their own thing, and move into their own lives. The show is maturing and it can just be the same thing season in and out. That might be hard for some fans because it's all about the fun and the ride, but it's mature and telling a fuller, evolving story.
SP: You were on the short lived 2007 CBS vampire drama "Moonlight," is it frustrating to now see so many vampire related projects like "Twilight" and "True Blood" blow up just a year after?
JB: That was one of the first times I've experienced the intensity of fandom because it was a vampire show. The timing just missed. Even a second season would've been great. It found it's audience and was doing very well, but I can't event try to predict why networks make the decisions they do, there's got to be a million factors I'm not even aware of, but I have done a handful of personal appearances for "Moonlight" still even a year later after the fact, people are still in love with the show and devoted to its world. What's really fun about that as an actor is that people are paying attention to and appreciating the smallest choices that you make…the details you have from moment to moment.
SP: What kind of appearances do you do?
JB: These massive gatherings and fans around the country, even around the world. I just got back from doing one in London. A lot of Q&A's. People's questions are so specific and so detailed and it's really cool. If you can move people emotionally, that's everything. Aside from "Entourage" the fervor and intensity of the fans is unrivaled compared to any other project I've done. I think of lot of it has to do that the vampire world lends itself to that kind of fandom. It was also a great show to be apart of because the story was so dramatic and found an interesting balance between the supernatural aspect of it and grounded reality.
SP: Have you had any crazy fan run-ins?
JB: Well, it's a different kind of fan than "Entourage." There's a whole spectrum of people that love "Entourage," but there's kind of a sweet spot that I run into… a lot of people anywhere from their late teens to early mid 30 that get their groups of friends to watch the show every Sunday night, or kids in college that just miss the show. They just want to talk about how great the show is. The "Moonlight" fans are just a different breed. It's heavily skewed female. Guys are usually more into "Entourage" and women more into "Moonlight," and I think the reasons why are pretty obvious. "Moonlight" lends itself to a romantic fantasy. But no crazy run-ins. The "Moonlight" fans are just more into their fan fiction and role playing and all those kind of things.
SP: Have they made any attempts to resurrect the show?
JB: When the show was ending there were campaigns all over the internet. They put ads on the sides of buses. There was a very vocal group of fans that fought hard to save the show, and I think that's why they continue to have these mass gatherings, the show was a way for them to communicate with each other and just get into the vampire world they love so much. Also they had blood drives where they were trying to raise money to keep it on the air and tried to get other networks involved. The devotion people put in was just amazing, and that just makes it all worth it as a performer.
SP: Have you followed any of the new vampire fads?
JB: I saw "Twilight." "True Blood" is definitely a different animal. I think it's a really cool take on the vampire world and the sort of Southern Gothic vibe it has. It's got the Alan Ball touch in terms of storytelling. "Twilight" is more lighter teenage fair, but they all have the common theme of forbidden love between mortal and immortal.
SP: What attracted you to "Moonlight" initially?
JB: At the time there wasn't as much vampire stuff around, and I thought the show had potential. I had this feeling that even though it had this certain CBS procedural element to it, that the heart of the show was its love triangle. This idea of this woman having to decide between something that was dangerous, sexy, and exciting and something that was good, safe, and real. I didn't know where it was going to go. I just saw the foundation, saw the potential, and went with it.
Story by Michael Mellini
Starpulse contributing writer
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