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Playwright Calls Piven's Sick-Out Real Fishy

12/18/2008 2:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Who told Jeremy Piven he could work with men, anyway?

Not David Mamet, the playwright whose "Speed-the-Plow" Piven just ditched on Broadway. He had some awesomely choice words for the sick star, who's now claiming it's a "high mercury count" that ended his run. "So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer," Mamet tells Variety.

As we told you, Piv had called in sick for several shows and, on the advice of his doctors, bailed on the show.

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yummi26 - old school forever!!!    

"Thermometer". BWWWAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

1949 days ago
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Anony    

Oh, it's nothing --
His douchebag-itis has probably flared up again.

1949 days ago
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Robert    

'Piv' as he's called is an arrogant a$$. HBO went to his hair plugs -- I mean head! When he was on Ellen (The SitCom, not the Talk Show), I really liked him..but now, bleck!

1949 days ago
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Mackenzie    

What happened to "the show must go on"...?

1949 days ago
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OGP    

If it's true that he has mercury poisoning, then he was right to leave the play. That's some serious sh*t & it really messes with your cognitive abilities - kind of an important skill to have when you're doing a live show.

1949 days ago
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kan    

I wonder if he's pursuing his new career as an oral or rectal thermometer. I suppose it doesn't really matter as the only difference is the taste.

1949 days ago
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rowdygirl    

If the play's dialogue is like the movie version, and I'm sure it is, he probably quit because he couldn't handle it. He's not a great actor, and maybe he realized his shortcomings. You can't have a "do-over" when you're live on stage. No 2nd takes.
Doesn't seem like much of a loss.

1949 days ago
8.

Jen    

Just released: Tony Award winner NORBERT LEO BUTZ and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee WILLIAM H. MACY have come to the rescue of the acclaimed production of DAVID MAMET’s SPEED-THE-PLOW, in the wake of the unexpected departure of Jeremy Piven.

1949 days ago
9.

bsb fan    

if the doctor says he should stop doing the show... then wtf...

leave him alone-- he probably is sick!

1949 days ago
10.

Ugh    

Piven is such a douche.

1949 days ago
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Lynn    

I'm sure it had something to do with his coke habit...

1949 days ago
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Al Jazeera    

a high mercury count? Is that code for "I need to find a better gig?" "LLOYD!! CALL THE GAY MAFIA AND HAVE ONE OF YOUR BUDDIES CONFESS AN AFFAIR WITM MAMET TO A HACK AT VARIETY; DO IT NOW, OR I WILL SEW YOUR A$$ SHUT AND TELL YOUR BUDDIES YOU HAVE AIDS!"

1949 days ago
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northern gypsy    

fishy is right...what's up J.P. can't handle all the dialogue ??? hey...the stage is a ball buster !!!

1949 days ago
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monkeynoodle    

Maybe Piven finally realized what a horrible writer Mamet really is. Incredibly overrated, wooden dialogue, predictable plots. The Emporer has no clothes, people. Hail Piven as the hero for sabotaging this crappy writer's play. (And yes, I CAN and DO write better than Mamet. Yes, I HAVE had movies made from my scripts.)

1949 days ago
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JAA    

I worked on a movie with "Piv" a few years ago and the guy has an ego unlike any actor I know. He treats below the line people like "commoners" and they should not forget they are in the presence of "royalty." More like a royal pain the ass. We use to laugh that he is short and unattractive but unaware of it. I can't watch Entourage or anything else with him it in with that smirk and deeply insincere voice....he really left an impression as you can see.

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