Actor Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” believes that fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar are on the way out, and bitcoin is poised to take their spot.
While Grenier is the first to admit that he’s not a crypto expert, the actor does have a pretty large megaphone, and as of late, he’s using it to extol the virtues of digital coins such as bitcoin.
“You’re going to see the adoption rate increase exponentially over time, but you’re also seeing bitcoin as future dollars, as opposed to bitcoin,” he told CNBC in an interview. “Where we need to get to philosophically is that it’s not going to eventually become dollars, it’s just going to be bitcoin.”
CNBC met up with Grenier in Miami last month at what was billed as the biggest bitcoin event in history. A lot of people there affectionately shouted out “Vince!” as they walked by Grenier – an HBO reference, for the uninitiated – but many had no clue that he cared about bitcoin.
But Grenier genuinely jibes with the philosophical priorities of many in the bitcoin network.
“The mainstream sentiment is that bitcoin is about making money…and sure that that does happen, but really, what is at the heart of bitcoin, and all decentralized currencies, is an ethos and a philosophy around decentralizing our ability to connect with one another in various ways, exchange value, and be owners and have more sovereignty in the world’s wealth, taking it out of the hands of the gatekeepers and the centralized banks,” he said
It is that kind of thinking that makes the community especially robust, according to Grenier. “That can’t be reckoned with,” he said.
It isn’t surprising that Grenier has joined ranks with a group of people who value rebellion, as Grenier himself has gone against the Hollywood grain for years. In 2020, the actor gave up the scene entirely, trading in his A-list city life for a farm in Bastrop, Texas – population circa 8,776. He is now permaculture certified and teaching himself how to tend to the land.
The 45-year-old says he quit acting as his day job – though a trailer for his latest film did drop this week – so that he could focus on getting back to basics and appreciating nature. But in the process of going offline, Grenier has plugged into a pool of the most technologically savvy people on the planet. One can’t help but note the irony.
When Grenier relocated, he also decided to start his own mini-community. The actor purchased land with the intention of inviting people to come build and live there. As Grenier describes it, he and those who join him would work together to be more sovereign. They would grow food and share it.
Adrian Grenier speaks to CNBC at the Bitcoin2021 conference in Miami.
They’d also use their own decentralized currencies, in order to “trade with one another very, very hyper-locally.”
“And that’s what bitcoin does: it gives that level of transparency, hyper localization, and access to everybody within the community,” he said.
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