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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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high levels of mercury can lead to debilitating illness and even death. high income people are more susceptible to mercury poisoning if they are eating a lot of sushi grade tuna. fish high in mercury consumed in large quantities over time can lead to mercury poisoning which leads to
# Impairment of the peripheral vision
# Disturbances in sensations ("pins and needles" feelings, numbness) usually in the hands feet and sometimes around the mouth
# Lack of coordination of movements, such as writing
# Impairment of speech, hearing, walking;
# Muscle weakness
# Skin rashes
# Mood swing
# Memory loss
# Mental disturbance

even if doing this less than mediocre play was Mr. Piven's "cup of tea"... I wouldnt blame him for backing out if he was feeling sick.

2137 days ago


He'll never work on B'way again.

2137 days ago


Here's some new symptoms:

"Sources said that Piven hasn't been too sick to party after performances - hanging out at bars into the wee hours, despite his grueling schedule of eight performances a week."

Witnesses have told The Post that Piven is a regular at the Lower East Side bar The Eldridge.

"He lives his life very much like the way his character on 'Entourage' does," said one source.

2137 days ago


Emmy winning actor Jeremy Piven was getting serious amounts of cash for his appearance in a Broadway play, "Speed the Plow," by David Mamet. He had to leave the production due to a high mercury count in his system. The director has called the ailment, which can actually turn deadly, bogus, despite orders from a doctor (acting/directing schools typically do not have an MD program) to stop working and seek treatment immediately. Mercury, though almost always present in trace levels in the human body, is a very toxic element and it has deadly side effects from exposure to even small amounts. If you want to find out what would cause Jeremy Piven to turn down so much extra cash, check out this article.

2120 days ago


And what lazy f-k eats sushi every single f-kin day? You eat the same thing of anything every single day and you're going to get sick, regardless. Also, he's not getting any younger so he needs to stop running around. That's cute, clubbing, when you're 22 and hot, not when you're 40 something and trying to hump your 20 something co-stars leftovers while popping viagra. As someone else here wrote, he'll never work b-way again, but it's obvious he knew he's a phony and can't deliver the goods, that's why he left Mamet.

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