Piven Talks Fish on _Letterman_

Jeremy Piven finally gave a bit more of his side of the fish story last night on David Letterman. [Video after the jump.]

Piven dropped out of a hit Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow with Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss and multiple-time Tony nominee Raul Esparza. He claimed his doctors said he couldn’t continue with 8 shows a week or he might suffer a heart attack, due to mercury poisoning (which his ex-assistant claimed as bullshit, as told right here at Heeb).

On Letterman, Piven said his mercury count had hit 57 (a count of 3 is normal), and that he’d also been diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus and had a heart arrhythmia when he was admitted to a hospital last December. He also took a few pot shots at himself.

Last week, an arbitrator ruled in Piven’s favor in a case brought by the show’s producers.

Bullshit or not, I saw Piven in the production a couple months before this all went down, and he was freaking brilliant, as was the entire cast.

What do you think?

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13 Responses

  1. iconic

    Hmm… extreme detail about his symptoms.
    Miraculous recovery after leaving the play.
    Yup, sounds fishy.

  2. iconic

    Sorta looks like he’s Trying to look dissipated…playing the ‘I’ve been poisoned’ guy.

  3. snuffweedbooze

    Like the Jacksons once sang: “Blame It On Bad Sushi”. Or something like that.

  4. iconic

    ….Bad Sushi,
    like when Homer Simpson ate poisonous fugu fish, and was told that he had 24 hours to live.

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