Is it just us or do these responses from Doug Ellin, the creator of HBO's Entourage who is now working on a show about hedge fund guys, kind of make it sound like he's got no idea what he's talking about?
Viewers understand what an actor does for a living. But Amaranth? That's a mystery to most people. Are you going to get into the details of the business?
"Everybody knows what an actor does, but [before 'Entourage'] no one really knew what an agent did besides talk about his clients. We got into the battles, we went behind the scenes in a light, comedic, layman's way that people could understand without our talking down to them. [On the new show] we're not going to spend a lot of time going into the dealmaking. It's more about the lifestyle outside the office and opportunities afforded them from making that kind of money."
Will there be an Ari Gold-like thorn in the protagonists' side? Like, say, an Eliot Spitzer-inspired character?
"It's too early to say, but I think most of those [hedge fund] guys have a thorn in their side, whether rightfully or wrongfully, so we'll probably show that. At the end of the day, I want it to be a wish-fulfillment show, while being realistic."
We're trying to put our finger on why he sounds so clueless. It's probably the substance-free style of his answers, and the vagueness. We get the feeling that he has no idea what Amaranth is and only kinda-sorta recognizes the name Eliot Spitzer.
Note to Doug: We're totally available for a consulting gig. Email us!
An 'Entourage' for Wall Streeters [Fortune on CnnMoney.com]