JEREMY PIVEN WITH HIS FAVORITE DATE: MOM
(photo: Jen Lowery/Startrax)
On my train trip back to NYC from the Inaugural celebrations in D.C., I struck up a conversation with a dot.com’er whose close friend is one of the unhappy Broadway producers of SPEED-THE-PLOW, which Jeremy Piven bolted from, citing mercury issues from too much sushi ingestion. This guy assured me that Piven was full of … “mercury” and that he is very much like the grating Ari Gold character he plays on ENTOURAGE. Piven was kicking around for years (like the enduring pre- GREY’S ANATOMY Patrick Dempsey) before finally getting this successful shot at the bigtime. One wonders if it’s a basic insecurity stemming from all those years on the D-list which has engendered such behavior.
At the Golden Globes, he showed up with his perennial date, his mother, who frankly looked completely over the whole red carpet thing. Sure enough, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards a week later, he showed up stag, sans Mamelah, and had to endure reporter Giuliana Rancic’s probing personal questions. He basically said he keeps his private life private, just wanted to fully enjoy this moment alone and, when that special someone does happen for him, Rancic would be the first to know.
For a minute, I thought I was back in the ’50s with Louella Parsons interrogating Rock Hudson or Liberace, both of whom used to give the exact same responses.
MORE MAMA’S BOYS
Tab Hunter (with Natalie Wood)
Van Cliburn and his mater
It’s really all just so much