The lesser know Jeremy Piven stategy

Cross posted to The Political Class.

Dave earlier laid out the Cloward-Piven strategy about using orchestrated crises to accomplish your objectives. Then there is its lesser know corollary, which I will call the Jeremy Piven strategy – how to use manufactured crises to avoid responsibilities you don’t want.

Jeremy Piven is the emmy winning actor who many people love as the Hollywood super agent Ari Gold in HBO’s “Entourage.” Recently he was cast in the Broadway production of “Speed-the Plow,” but then came the crisis:

It was the performance of Jeremy Piven’s life. Last week, he tearfully persuaded five fellow actors that he was deathly ill from mercury poisoning due to his lifelong love of sushi – and not merely slacking off with Britney – when he abruptly walked away from the Broadway production of “Speed-the-Plow.’’ I predict future actors will have “no raw fish” clauses attached to their contracts. Entire A-list restaurants will tremble at the loss of high-profile business. On the bright side, fish will live.

Piven dodged a financial bullet by pleading his case to a grievance committee of Actor’s Equity. He could not escape the hilarity that ensued over his fishy tale. As “Plow’’ playwright David Mamet joked to the New York Post’s Michael Riedel, “My understanding is he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer.’’

Piven got in trouble with producers of the Broadway show in December, who allege that he’s just another spoiled, egotistical (or is that redundant?) Hollywood jerk. Two months into the show’s run, Piven, who won three consecutive Emmy awards co-starring as hyperactive agent Ari Gold in HBO’s “Entourage,’’ simply refused to show up onstage for his lead role, plunging the $3.5 million production into chaos and upsetting co-stars Raul Esparza and Elisabeth Moss of “Madmen” fame.

Piven was so concerned about the effect the hoopla might have on the remainder of his career, he traveled to the dreaded Theater District last week to tell the Equity committee of five actors and five producers that his problem was mercury coursing through his bloodstream, and not other substances.  Piven contends the mercury level in his blood was five times normal, and he risked having a heart attack if he stayed. He cried before the committee deciding his fate, proving he still has his acting chops intact. The actors took his side. The producers did not. Without a unanimous verdict, the producers were screwed.

Perhaps we can expect to see a star turn from Washington DC before to long, with Barack Obama or one of his lackies attemping a “Jeremy Piven.”

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Cross posted to The Political Class.