Serious Ailment

Jeremy Piven was advised by doctors to terminate his role in Broadway's Speed-the-Plow due to a condition caused by an elevated mercury count

Jeremy Piven after getting treatmentsPiven's spokeswoman said the diagnosis came from a team of doctors headed by Dr. Carlon Colker, an internist and attending physician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut, and also CEO and medical director of Peak Wellness.

A spokeswoman for Piven said he wanted to continue in the role but that doctors advised him he should end his run immediately.

The show is one of a handful of star-driven play revivals to log strong sales this fall, with Plow generally averaging more than $500,000 per week since opening to strong reviews, according to Variety.

Although symptoms of mercury poisoning can be quiet severe and debilitating, depending on the varied degree of exposure, the condition is not usually recognized as a serious health impediment.

"I talked to Jeremy on the phone, and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury," Playwright David Mamet curtly told the entertainment trade magazine late Wednesday. "So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer."

Making light of Piven's recent diagnosis, Mamet might have been a bit more hesitant to poke fun knowing that the condition has been proven to cause a laundry list of symptoms including muscle weakness, memory loss, mental disturbance, a compromised immune system, severe headaches and high fevers.

Mamet indicated that the show will go on despite Piven's exit.

The good news is that some really great actors will be helping out and stepping in, which to me is a sign of great heroism and friendship," said Mamet, who declined to name the replacements.

Causes commonly sited for exposure to mercury are amalgam dental fillings, the consumption of fish that have been compromised by high contents of mercury in the environment and industrial/work place exposures.

There are multiple types of therapies which assist in eliminating mercury toxicity from the system and have high success rates over time.

Here at SheKnows, we wish Jeremy a quick and speedy recovery!


Comments on "Mercury poisoning sidelines Jeremy Piven"

Skyler H January 05, 2009 | 2:55 AM

Nowadays, mercury poisoning is an alarming issue in one’s health. No one is immune to the effects of this once it strikes us, not only our health is at risk but also our budget. It can be a major blow in our budget. Jeremy Piven, star of the multiple Emmy award winning HBO program Entourage, was earning some serious extra cash for appearing in a Broadway play. He left the production on advice from his doctor due to a high mercury count in his blood. Mercury poisoning is a very serious condition that can be fatal if untreated. The director, who does not have an MD, nor a completed medical internship or residency, called hogwash on the star's departure on advice from a medical professional. Mercury is a highly toxic substance that can kill in small amounts. If you want to find out what would cause Jeremy Piven to turn down so much extra cash, check out this article.

Corbin U January 05, 2009 | 2:02 AM

43 year-old award winning actor Jeremy Piven was earning some serious extra cash acting on Broadway. He was adviced by his doctor that he should stop his work and take a rest because of a high mercury count. I heard that the director for "Speed the Plow" thought the disease was bogus. Who knows? I guess he had been complaining of being tired for a while. He says his doctors ordered him to quit working immediately. I looked up what having a high mercury count means. If you want to find out what would cause Jeremy Piven to turn down so much extra cash, check out this article.

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