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Ari Emanuel Thought 'Entourage' Would Go Nowhere

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Ari Emanuel might be an arbiter of great superstardom, but apparently he was way off the mark when it came to predicting the success of his own fictional doppelganger: The Daily reports that the William Morris Endeavor CEO once predicted that "Entourage" would fall flat.

“I didn’t think the show would go anywhere,” he recently said, addressing a crowd at the PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, N.Y.

His hopes for Ari Gold, his fictional self who's portrayed by Jeremy Piven on the show, were in fact so low that he never even told his wife, Sarah Addington, about his television twin. She eventually found out through friends, and a source told The Daily that while Piven's character derives his personality traits from Emanuel, "the show’s not a real depiction of his marriage.”

"Entourage" wound up running for eight seasons, and is now being made into a movie.