Mercury Illness Was Real: Piven

Star defends decision to leave Broadway production
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 2:29 PM CST
Jeremy Piven arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards yesterday in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Jeremy Piven has taken a lot of flak since leaving the Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow due to unhealthy amounts of mercury in his body—including anonymous sources who said medical reasons were a cover for the fact that he was fired—but the condition was real, the actor tells People. “I was brought to my knees by this illness,” Piven says.