Jeremy Piven is recovering well after he was struck down with mercury poisoning, insisting he is “grateful to be here”.
The Entourage star was ordered to pull out of Broadway play Speed-The-Plow last month because his mercury levels were “shockingly high” – reportedly due to eating too much sushi.
Piven made his first public appearance since the diagnosis at the Golden Globes on Sunday, and described the impact the affliction had on him.
He told Access Hollywood, “It completely shuts you down. It feels like the heaviest bout of mono you’ve ever had in your life. You’re kind of crippled from it.”
The actor first started experiencing symptoms just two weeks into rehearsals for the Broadway show, and over the coming weeks he ‘got worse and worse’.
He added: “I fought the good fight, my doctors propped me up and then doctor’s orders was enforced rest. That’s what I’ve been doing for a month and here I am. I’m doing so much better. I really am.”
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