Actor Jeremy Piven has suddenly pulled out of the cast of the hit Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Speed the Plow. He explained that he had an extremely high level of mercury in his blood—perhaps from eating too much sushi. How did the tough-guy playwright respond to this fishy excuse? Mamet told Daily Variety, “my understanding is that [Piven] is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”

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