Jeremy Piven is now healthy enough to laugh about his recent exposure to the elements. And to share his side of the story, having been exonerated in theater court.
"I think everyone loves a good fish story," he quipped as he discussed the mercury poisoning that almost took him out of the game last year and left his producers thinking Piven had wimped out on them.
When asked by David Letterman about the ailment that forced the Emmy winner to quit the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in December, Piven joked that mercury poisoning sounded more like "a rich man's disease...like something you might get from the leather seats in your Lamborghini, like a rash—like a rash that hurts."
Alas, he just got it from eschewing red meat and dairy and loading up on fish for the last 20 years.