Jeremy Piven


When it comes to his former Plow hands, Jeremy Piven wants to hug it out, at least figuratively.

After being forced to bail on his Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow due to "mercury poisoning" from too much sushi, the Pivs is looking to make amends.

The Entourage star told E! News on the red carpet for the Golden Globes that he was just "grateful" to be able to make the awards ceremony in Hollywood after doctors ordered him on strict bed rest.

"I followed doctors' orders, enforced rest is what they said and that's what I did. I've been detoxing the mercury and resting for about a month now," Piven said. "I don't want to get too much into it right now...all I'll say is that Broadway was my dream."

As for reports that he left Speed the Plow on bad terms with his cast mates?

Piven avoided taking shots at Raul Esparza and Elisabeth Moss, and was nothing but complimentary to his former costars.

"Both Raul and Elisabeth are brilliant in it, and they deserve Tonys," Piven said.

Speaking to the audience after a matinee last month, Esparza chided Piven for his sushi "silliness," saying performing sans Piven was the first time Esparza  "really enjoyed playing this show." Mamet earlier mocked Piven's excuse, saying the actor wanted to be "a human thermometer."

Piven has insisted he was really sick and would not have been allowed out of his show contract without a legitimate diagnosis from a doctor.

Said Piven of the newly retooled Plow: "The play is incredible. Bill Macy's going to replace me and he's a genius. And actually an upgrade to me to be honest with you. He's been doing Mamet for 30 years."

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