I've been there. So if Jeremy Piven is actually telling the truth about having high mercury levels then that is at least a plausible excuse for why he had to leave the Broadway production Speed-the-Plow. Now, I don't know if he would necessarily have to leave permanently -- your body naturally kicks out mercury -- but a break could be in order.
Jeremy Piven Bounces on Speed-the-Plow
After missing the Tuesday evening performance and Wednesday matinee for Speed-the-Plow, Piven contacted his producers that he hadn’t been feeling well and that the condition was attributable to a high mercury count.
How can one get too much mercury? Well, I learned the hard way that eating sushi every day for two weeks was one way to do it. I was writing an article for CanMag on Day 15 and, BAM, I had a partial complex seizure. While other factors could have existed, high mercury was the likely culprit.
While the mercury issue can definitely be real, the play's producers aren't exactly buying it.
“I talked to Jeremy on the phone, and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury,” David Mamet said. “So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”