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Jerry Ferrara: It's Every Italian Boy's Dream Growing Up

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Jerry Ferrara says he couldn't help but be a little intimidated when he found out the names of his four co-stars in "Last Vegas."  Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro, who have six Academy Awards between them.

"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't (star-struck)", says Jerry. "I promised myself I wasn't going to fanboy out on them. I really did. Of course there's a little bit of nerves. You don't want to mess up in front of your heroes."

"To their credit, and I don't know if they do this intentionally or if it's just a direct result of them being good guys, they kind of diffuse that," Jerry tells the website WeGotItCovered. "The minute you walk on, they pull you in and they asked me a question about Entourage even, and just made you feel like it was a completely level playing field."

"By the 20th minute, we're buddies and we're working together. It's a tribute to them. I don't know if they do that on purpose, knowing that smaller actors come in and are a little freaked out. But they just made the whole thing very normal and very calm. It was great."

Jerry joins Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day LA.

Fun facts about Jerry Ferrara (Source: Wikipedia)

1) Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ferrara attended New Utrecht High School. Ferrara is of Italian descent.

2) Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King Of Queens. Other television parts soon followed. Jerry was then cast in the independent feature Cross Bronx, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

3) In an interview about his breakout role on the show, Ferrara revealed that when he told his friends he had landed a major part in a television pilot, they asked, "What's a pilot?" Kevin Connolly has said of his Entourage co-star that "Jerry's very domesticated. He's probably the most different from his character. He's like 180 degrees in the opposite direction."

4) Ferrara once made an appearance in character as Turtle for a DirecTV commercial. His dialogue was mixed with a clip from an Entourage episode for humorous effect.

4) Ferrara is also co-founder of Fat Sal's deli in Westwood, Los Angeles. In 2009-2010 Ferrara dropped weight with a new outlook on health and fitness. Ferrara is said to have lost weight by trading "burgers and fries for tofu, fresh organic fruit and vegetables."

‘Last Vegas' opens in theaters, Friday, November 1st.

Follow Jerry on Twitter: @jerrycferrara

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