Something Fishy About Piven's Illness
Jeremy Piven was forced to drop out of the Speed-the-Plow production due to mercury poisoning, or so he says. His departure hasn't been without its share of controversy with many maintaining that the temperamental thespian was overreacting. Playwright David Mamet joked that the Entourage actor had left the Broadway show to pursue a career as a thermometer, while co-star Raul Esparza called Piven on the red carpet. The Huffington Post reports, "He (Esparza) said, I'm sure you've read the headlines about the silliness in our show.' Then he said, 'Today was the first time I really enjoyed playing this show.' I hope you weren't expecting a big TV star.' It was pretty emotional." Actor Fisher Stevens was quick to jump to Piven's defense in Page Six, maintaining that mercury poisoning is no laughing matter. Stevens, who suffered from poisoning after eating fish four to five times a week, told the gossip column, "I believe him. His numbers are off the charts. I started feeling really sluggish and had no energy. It turns out the larger the fish, the higher the levels. I only eat small fish now."
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