courtesy Page Six Magazine
January 23, 2009 12:05 PM

Before he bowed out of his role on Broadway because of mercury poisoning, Jeremy Piven was embodying his inner Ari Gold on photo shoots to promote the play.

According to Page Six Magazine, the 43-year-old Entourage star was a bit hard to direct during a September photo shoot the magazine did to promote Speed-the-Plow.

“This isn’t my first time on the merry-go-round,” he said when asked to pose for a traditional head-shot. “You want mediocre? I can give you mediocre.” His pose? A DMV-worthy grin.

But, as you can see here, Piven didn’t want to give mediocre a little later. He popped his collar, and “letting out a guttural moan,” ripped the sleeves off a $350 Giorgio Armani shirt, the mag reports.

This week’s issue of Page Six Magazine hits newsstands Sunday.
– Kristin Boehm

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