Toxic Jeremy Piven Departs Mamet's Speed-the-Plow

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Should we blame it on the tekka maki? Earlier this year, The New York Times reported finding high mercury levels in the tuna sushi at 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants, including Nobu Next Door. TV stars love them some Japanese delicacies, which may help to explain why Entourage actor Jeremy Piven has suddenly departed Broadway's Speed-the-Plow--citing ill health due to a high mercury count.

Speed-the-Plow playwright David Mamet told Daily Variety: "I talked to Jeremy on the phone and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury. So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer." But this is theater, where dangerous soluble metals don't stop the show--we're confident a less toxic actor will soon be permanently in place.

Elsewhere in Mamet-land, check out Michael Reidel on why the playwright might not have been very saddened at last month's closing of the Broadway revival of "American Buffalo" after its very brief run.--Brian Parks


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