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Adrian Grenier Talks Losing Dawson's Creek Role to James Van Der Beek: "I Imagine He Would've Swapped!"

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We can't even imagine growing up without James Van Der Beek on our TV screens—but that was almost the case!

Last week Dawson's Creek fans nearly lost their minds when James revealed that Adrian Grenier was one of the finalists for the coveted role of movie-obsessed Mr. Leery. Now,  we've got the Entourage star's response!

"I don't know, you might ask [James]," Grenier tells E! News, "but I imagine that he would've swapped with me to play Vince." Oh snap! Is that a little bit of shade we're sensing, Mr. Chase?

MORE: James Van Der Beek Reveals Adrian Grenier Was Almost Dawson Leery!

E! News caught up with Grenier at Oakley's Learn to Ride event at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, and the geared-up actor revealed that the Beek was "a little bit more disciplined" then he was at the time of the WB drama's audition.

"I'm a huge fan of his," Grenier said of Van Der Beek's work on the hit WB series. "I remember we were both testing for Dawson and I think he just was a little bit more disciplined. I was very young and I was living in New York and it was my first time in LA, so I was a little bit more green. And I think he was a little bit more seasoned at the time and so he came in and swept it."

The HBO star added, "But it's OK because I like playing Vince!" Plans for the Entourage movie are officially underway and Hollywood's favorite fellas have already started filming for the highly-anticipated big screen continuation. Don't believe us? Here's proof straight from set!

Despite the missed-opportunity, the 37-year-old actor says that he couldn't be happier with the way his career has evolved, and that he got to take part in Vince's A-list lifestyle on Entourage. "I want to be Vince in Entourage," Grenier said with a laugh. We are guessing millions of Entourage-obsessed men are cyber-chest-bumping you in agreement, Adrian.

—Reportings by Jesse Giddings

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