If you head out to see “Entourage” this weekend, you’ll most likely have an enjoyable time.
Despite the harsh critiques the film adaptation of the popular HBO series is receiving, the film basically plays out like an extended episode of the HBO series. It’s crass, it’s funny, and it’s filled with plenty of star power from a number of celebrity cameos to keep you looking for more.
Whether or not you end up agreeing with the critics, one thing’s certain — the film will shatter your childhood image of Haley Joel Osment forever.
You know, this Haley Joel Osment — the kid best known for uttering the words, “I see dead people” in 1999’s “The Sixth Sense.”
This was the role Osment became known for as one of the cutest child stars of the early 2000s.
He later appeared in “Pay It Forward,” where he played a middle-school student who creates a good deeds community program. We saw him again in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” where he played an android who could love, and “Secondhand Lions,” as an introverted teen living on a farm, before disappearing from the Hollywood scene.
If you haven’t seen him recently, you may be wondering what he’s been up to in the 16 or so years since then.
He started voicing a character in sequels of the popular video game “Kingdom Hearts” before re-emerging into the acting scene. He did a voiceover on Seth MacFarlane’s “American Dad!” and in 2014 appeared on TV mini-series “The Spoils of Babylon” and Amazon’s “Alpha House.”
If you weren’t aware of Osment’s role in the “Entourage” film, it’s a big shock to see him in the film, and in such a large role.
However, it’s even more disorienting once you learn his role is a farcry from anything he played as a child.
Osment plays Travis McCredle, a spoiled, foul-mouthed redneck millionaire Texan.
There’s a scene of Osment in a hotel room with two women and it will definitely ruin your image of the little boy from M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 hit.
McCredle is quite the obnoxious, egotistical monster to the Entourage boys, and Osment plays the character to a tee.
I don’t remember the last time I’ve hated a character on screen so much.
However, that’s how you know he’s good.
Osment was a good actor 15 years ago — he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Sixth Sense” — and he’s grown into a fine one today.
He has a few more projects coming up this year including a film with Richard Armitage, “Sleepwalker,” and “Me and Her,” which has been described as a “sexual identity comedy.”
Here’s to seeing more of him!
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