Jeremy Piven may have skipped out on his role in the Broadway play Speed The Plow, but he sure put his acting skills to work yesterday. The actor appeared at a hearing made up of his thespian peers to determine if there was any wrongdoing in his abrupt exit from the show. In his 20-minute interview Piven managed to squeak out tears not once – but twice! – while describing how a bad case of mercury poisoning made him feel confused and exhausted during the production.
“At times I was incapable of getting enough oxygen to get my lines out on stage, and sometimes I’d forget where I was in the play,” Mr. Piven said. “This misconception that I was out partying was wrong.”
Piven wept as he told the group that, “I’ve never missed a day’s work or a rehearsal in my life.” Looks like the tears worked – he walked away without incuring any penalites. [Photo: FilmMagic]