“We don’t do a lot of celebrity-driven stuff,” said HBO documentary chief Sara Bernstein to , “but we were really quite surprised how genuine and raw it was.”
Access Hollywood experienced that raw, genuine emotion at the “Shot in the Dark” premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where both sides of Grenier’s family (including Dunbar himself) were in attendance.
“This is a great time,” Grenier gushed. “Everybody’s together, it’s a big reunion.”
His father was in great spirits at the premiere as well. “[I’m] very proud as a parent,” he said. “ And I enjoy seeing [Adrian] on the screen and on television. Also, I know him as the unassuming young man.”
That unassuming nature was evident as Grenier explained his reasoning behind tackling his personal issues through film.
“You know we all, we all deal with things in our own way,” said Grenier. “All potential traumas and what not. This is the way I did it. You know, I expect life to have a lot of lessons for me, and I don’t think this was much different then anybody else, you know, exploring their lives. I just do it in a particular way — through film.”
The prospect of having his struggles displayed for anyone to see didn’t seem to faze Adrian, who makes a career out of being a public figure.
Said Grenier: “Well you know, I’m used to…I’m an actor. I’ve been in front of the camera for many years. It’s kind of my job to be vulnerable. This is a little different, but I really believe — I believe in the courage to face your fears, and that’s what I tried to do. Take the risk to reconcile with people that you may be afraid to reconcile with.”
His mother, Karesse Grenier, applauded Adrian’s openness when it came to the documentary. “I think it comes from his heart and it tells the truth,” she told Access. “And you know, there are moments where I would be a little self-conscious or whatever [about the film] and my son always said to me, ‘you know mom, there’s no hiding the truth, the truth is the truth.’ And I said ‘well, you are a seeker of the truth, so this is a good medium.’ And he loves this medium.”
His father, it turns out, loves the medium too. “I think I brought the acting out of him,” Dunbar said, laughing. “I think that’s where he got his talent. I enjoyed doing [the scenes].”
“He’s a natural,” Grenier said of his dad’s presence on film. “I was taken back, he showed me up! He deserves the Oscar of documentary acting. I don’t know how that works, but it’s true.”
“Shot in the Dark” premieres on HBO tomorrow night at 10:30 PM, immediately following “Entourage’s” third season finale.
The fourth season of “Entourage” begins on June 17th at 10:00 PM.