Jeremy Piven Celebrates 10 Months of Sushi Sobriety
With just a little less than a month to go before the Entourage gang pops back into our lives for another fun-filled season of starlet-nailing and Gaysian-flogging, we thought it would be a good time to check in with star Jeremy Piven. Piven, as you probably well know, kicked up quite a controversy last December when he abruptly left his Broadway engagement in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, for what his Dr. Spaceman-esque personal physician claimed was mercury poisoning from a diet consisting of entirely too much raw fish. This led to a gripping Actors' Equity court-martial ("I want the tuna." "You cant HANDLE the tuna!" etc.) in which the tearful actor admitted that he was indeed powerless over his addiction to albacore-with-the-little-fried-onions-sprinkled-on-it, and other controlled substances. (The case is still in arbitration.)
People caught up with the actor digging into the cheerleader buffet at the Lakers victory party, where he said he has been clear of his wasabi demons for 10 months now:
"I haven't had a piece of fish since the doctor told me to lower my blood mercury level. So, it's been almost 10 months now. I changed all of those habits," Piven says of his life post-Broadway. "All of these things happen to make us better. So, you've got to embrace that." [...]
"By the way, for the record, it's the not the fish's fault," Piven says. "It's a man-made problem. It's all the mercury being dumped. Women shouldn't eat tuna, especially when you're pregnant...You just change your life and kind of do it. It wasn't necessarily the sushi. It was just a steady diet of fish. Twice a day for 20 years. That's not right for anyone."
Ten months of living completely smelt-free is certainly enough to provide anyone with a new-found clarity -- and Piven isn't one to squander it. May we suggest he leverage his elevated profile by banding with fellow outspoken celebrity fish activists Hayden Panetierre and Jessica Alba for a Save the Seas Malibu Beach Party Fundraiser and Goat Roast?