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January 12, 2009

Piling on Piven

Sure, it seems like piling on at this point, but we must share with you a bit of (good-natured?) ribbing that Jeremy Piven took on the red carpet outside last night's Golden Globes.

And from softball-thrower Tiki Barber, of all people!

David Mamet already got in his jabs about Piven's celeb-doctor-diagnosed sushi-induced mercury poisoning -- it's the reason Piven cited for dropping out of the demanding schedule of "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway, to which Mamet replied that Piven might be on the verge of a new career as a thermometer. Then, the production started making noises about suing Piven for screwing up the play's earning power.

And he lost the best supporting actor Golden Globe to Tom Wilkinson ("John Adams").

And now this -- some pre-awards-show body blows from a football-player-turned-happy-chat-TVcaster and Piven's own boss, "Entourage" executive producer Mark Wahlberg.

No mercy for the weak and infirm? (Note: Piven's looking pretty robust to us these days. Judge for yourself).


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Unless you've been through mercury poisoning, you probably wouldn't understand how mentally debilitating it is. And, it seems that few are willing to do the slightest bit of research to figure out what it does to you. It's not a hugely physical reaction; much of it is neurological. Among the many problems it can cause are an inability to concentrate and memory retention problems, both of which are crucial for an actor. Lay off Piven about this and educate yourself about this issue.

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