A perennial “Real World” star, Johnny Devenanzio, is taking “Entourage” to court over his nickname.
Devenanzio, who has participated in several cycles of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” often refers to himself as “Johnny Bananas” on-camera.
It’s the kind of nickname you pretty much know he made up for himself and imposed on everyone, middle school style.
But now he’s claiming he copyrighted it, too.
And he’s none too pleased with the “Entourage” storyline that has Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) acting in an ape cartoon called “Johnny Bananas.”
Though HBO confirmed that they’ve not yet received any official correspondence on the matter, Devenanzio says he believes the name use is “in no way coincidental and is instead an attempt to capitalise on the name recognition which I’m solely responsible for creating.”
One of HBO’s most high-profile shows ever just needed to borrow a little buzz from something a reality stooge “created.”
We can think of a way for this to work out for both parties — no court date necessary.
“Entourage” showrunner Doug Ellin gets to use this ridiculous hubbub for a storyline.
And Devenanzio gest the walk-on cameo we know he’s craving deep in his press-loving heart.
Go to work, boys.
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