Jerry Ferrara's character on HBO's hit series "Entourage" may have the nickname "Turtle," but it's clear from recent photos that his physique no longer matches the animal.

The 31-year-old has reportedly lost more than 55 pounds since shifting to a healthy diet back in 2009. "Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who the actor recently split with, supposedly inspired him to make the change. Ferrara says he dropped the burgers and fries, started taking hikes through Los Angeles' Runyan Canyon, and consumed tofu, organic vegetables and fruits. No expensive celebrity trainers or fancy diets required. 

Season 8, the final season of "Entourage," kicks off July 24 on HBO — and while we'll only get to see a ridiculous eight episodes of Turtle and the gang, chances are good that a big-screen version of the show is in the future. Constance Zimmer, who plays studio exec Dana Gordon on the show, told US Weekly that the final episodes point strongly to a feature-length film. 

"I haven't seen any 'signed' paperwork, but there's a lot of talk," she said. "I think that it's more than a possibility. I actually think that it's going to happen."

Check out a trailer for Season 8 below.

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'Entourage' star surprises with slim look
Jerry Ferrara, who plays the character 'Turtle,' says he traded burgers and fries for tofu and organic fruits and vegetables.