Jeremy Piven has high mercury levels, no job

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Tbdjeremypiven121908 In a move that may eventually poison his career, Jeremy Piven has left the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow because of a high mercury count, Variety reports. Has he been handling broken compact fluorescent bulbs?

"We have been advised by Jeremy Piven’s medical representatives that he is seriously ill and is unable to fulfill his contractual obligation to Speed-the-Plow," producers said in a statement. "Consequently, he has left the production 10 weeks early."

Apparently Dr. Carlon Croker made the decision after Piven had levels six times higher than normal, People says. The culprit? Eating too much sushi and Chinese herbs. Would it hurt to go Mexican once in awhile?

Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and William H. Macy have been announced as split replacements in the role. At least Mamet had a sense of humor about it after Piven missed performances Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I talked to Jeremy on the phone, and he told me that he discovered that he had a very high level of mercury," Mamet told Variety. "So my understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer."

Mercury poisoning is no joke, with symptoms including sensory impairment and lack of coordination, but after watching Piven on Entourage, how could the doctors tell?

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