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Broadway fans have fish to thank for new “Plow”

January 28, 2009

(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)sushi2

New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley has gone back to Broadway to see “Speed-the-Plow” now that its star Jeremy Piven has left the cast complaining of sushi-induced mercury poisoning, and in a piece on Tuesday pointed out the “blessings that have arrived with his departure.”  
Brantley went on to say, “Mr. Piven’s absence has made me fonder of ‘Speed-the-Plow’ than I would ever have thought possible.”
Norbert Leo Butz replaced Piven, a star on the HBO show “Entourage,” from Dec. 23 through Jan. 11 and William H. Macy currently has the part, in the 1988 play from author David Mamet.
Brantley wrote that those two actors are not necessarily better than Piven. But he explains that seeing Butz and Macy in the part has allowed him to get a different view of the character Piven played, a chief of production at a Hollywood studio. And he says they have done a fine job picking up the pieces after Piven left. Brantley also said “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss and “Pushing Daisies” actor Raul Esparza have grown in their roles in “Speed-the-Plow” since he first rtr23amo1saw them when Piven was part of the cast.
“That Mr. Piven hasn’t been part of that evolution is his loss,” Brantley wrote.
When Piven left the show last month, blaming mercury poisoning from too much sushi, Mamet responded by giving trade paper Daily Variety the biting line: “My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.”
Mamet was not the only skeptic. The Center for Consumer Freedom even said Piven would have to eat 108 pieces of tuna sushi role every week for his entire life to feel any new health risks from mercury.


The Center for Consumer Freedom wasn’t a skeptic. The deceptively named group gets funding from the tuna industry. That’s why the group claimed Piven was lying.


There IS no “tuna industry”, moron. There IS, however, a very well-funded animal “rights” industry whose sole goal is to turn the Western world into Dharfur through fear-mongering, terrorist tactics, lies, intimidation, harassment, and the widespread dissemination of complete disinformation – aided and abetted by the idiots of the Fifth Column… er… Fourth Estate…

The Center For Consumer Freedom is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT, just like PETA and the H$U$. The difference is they don’t invent “facts” to support their lefty-psycho ideology.

Posted by BADKarma | Report as abusive

Who cares where the Center for Consumer Freedom gets it’s cash from? How is the fact that they are a food industry lobby group automatically discount what they have to say?
What an idiot you are if you ignore the message because you’re biased against the messenger and can’t be bothered do your own research,
Fact is the CCF is right. Fish is good for you and Jeremy Piven is a lying douche bag…and a naff actor to boot.
Loved the line from David Mamet though.

Posted by Jae | Report as abusive

Jae and BADKarma, you forgot the fact that animal-rights groups support violence and even murder, since their ultimate goal is to reduce the human population to around 250,000 people. PETA supports the terrorist group known as the Animal Liberation Front, H$U$ actually has one of their members on staff who said he was “ecstatic” about the firebombing of a lab (which, by the way, almost killed somebody), and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who advocates the murder of doctors who are involved in research that uses animals.

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