It was great to see Martin Landau guest-starring on ENTOURAGE this week, which was just about the only part of the episode that was worthwhile (besides, of course, Kevin Dillon's consistently hilarious Johnny Drama). Landau is such a great actor, and it's always great to see him, no matter what. From the giggling gay villain he played in NORTH BY NORTHWEST and the expert disguise artist Rollin Hand on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE to his stunning work more recently in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS and ED WOOD (for which he finally won an Oscar), Landau has put some great art on the screen, big and small.
Here he played Bob Ryan, an elderly Hollywood warhorse who produced a ton of great films back in the day, but is pretty much forgotten by the young Turks running the town today. He and Kevin Connolly as Eric carried the ball this week, as the lonely old guy--with some sinister assistance from Ari (Jeremy Piven)--basically kidnapped E and took him back to his mansion to regale the young man with stories from the past. With the way the show ended, it looks as though we haven't seen the last of Landau either.
Marty still insists on wearing that ridiculous hairpiece, I'm sorry to say, although it at least is consistent with the character he was playing.