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Doug Ellin’s Dad: Why’d You Make Me Do Four Takes on ‘Entourage’?

His show may be called Entourage, but last night on BlogTalkRadio, it was more like All in the Family!

Not long after Doug Ellin sat down with The Alan Levy Show host Alan Levy to chat about Season Six of the hit HBO series – which kicks off this summer – a surprise caller from Long Island threw the executive producer for a loop.

One take doesn’t cut it!

Doug: One take doesn’t cut it!

Turns out that Doug’s dad, Marvin Ellin, had a bone to pick with his son.

“I was wondering if Doug could an- swer how much influence he thinks his father had in his success?” Marvin teased.

“Lots of influence. Tremendous in- fluence. What else you got, Marv?” Doug replied from his L.A. crib.

That was when Marvin – who put in an Alfred Hitchcock-like appear- ance on last season’s Entourage finale, where the cast returned to the Big Apple – needled Doug about winding up with scant screen time.

“What a disappointment! I’ll get him for that,” said Marvin. “I had my one big starring role: Walking up a flight of stairs – and in one-eighth of a second I was gone!”

As “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly descends into the NYC subway system, Marvin exits.

Blink and you missed him: As “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly descends into the NYC subway system, Marvin exits.

“It wasn’t cut. That was pretty much it. That was how it was shot,” explained Doug.

“Why did I have to do it four times?” asked Marvin.

Because if you stink – if we used the take you were in, you wouldn’t be in it at all,” laughed Doug.

“Then you would’ve really been cut.”

Doug also revealed to Alan how Encourage came to land Olympic hero Michael Phelps and Oscar winner Martin Scorsese for the same episode – as well as which pro athletes he’s hoping to wrangle in for Season Six (hint: one’s a recently-wed Super Bowl champ).

To hear Doug’s full interview, click here.

‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin to Hang with Alan Levy

You may not know Doug Ellin’s face, but you know his work.

Emmys, anyone? Doug (left) with fellow executive producer Mark Wahlberg.

Emmys, anyone? Doug (left) with fellow executive producer Mark Wahlberg.

He’s the genius behind Entourage, which kicks off Season Six this summer.

So if you’re itching to know what’s in store for “the boys,” you should must tune into The Alan Levy Show tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

You’ll of course be able to call in and chat with Doug about the hit HBO series, which centers around fictional film star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his motley pals: Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly), Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon), Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara).

And if you really want to look smart, ask host Alan Levy (whose “day job” is CEO of BlogTalkRadio) about growing up in the same Long Island neighborhood as Doug – where their families have been tight for years.

Adrian, Jeremy, Jerry, Kevin and, ah, the other Kevin.

The bad-boy cast of “Entourage” (clockwise from top): Adrian, Jeremy, Jerry, Kevin and, ah, the other Kevin.

Loosely based on executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s real-life experiences coming up the ranks in Tinseltown, Entourage has won four Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe since its 2004 launch.

Doug, who also serves as an Entourage executive producer – and whose previous credits include the ABC sitcom Life with Bonnie – begins lensing Season Six this month.

New to the cast will be Gary Cole, who’s most recently known for playing Dana Delany’s ex-hubby on Desperate Housewives.

To log onto The Alan Levy Show, click here.