Piven: Malkovich Put Fear Of God Into Me

By Celeb Stink 2008-10-23 13:55:29
fb share tweet share
Actor Jeremy Piven credits theater legend John Malkovich for his debut Broadway performance - because the star "put the fear of God" into him after he took on the role.

Piven makes his Broadway debut in David Mamet play Speed-The-Plow on Thursday (23Oct08). But he admits his long hiatus from the stage to take on his role as cut-throat agent Ari Gold in hit U.S. show Entourage left him nervous.

He tells the New York Post, "Before I ever hit on camera I worked in theater. I come from a theater family. But after Entourage, which is about Hollywood, another vehicle with the same backdrop was not what I had in mind. Besides, I was tired. I've worked 20 years with no stopping. I actually needed a break..."

"This show, you're a slave to the words. Such dialog and timing that it's a f***ing symphony. So I'm talking to (John Malkovich) in Toronto. He's always been one of my major inspirations. As a kid, I saw him for the first time. His work was so alive, so visceral. So I tell him I'm going to do this, and he asked, 'How long do you have to rehearse?' I said, 'Three weeks.' He said, 'Not enough time.' John Malkovich put the fear of God into me."

But Piven insists he's ready to take the stage, because the nerve-wracking experience pales in comparison to his other life challenges. He adds: "As for the nervousness of being on Broadway... I'm really not scared. I lost my father and got through it. You survive turning points. You go on. You think about what really matters in life. I know to just work really hard and not let the trappings of Broadway get to me." (JMA/PYN/ZN)

Copyright 2008 WENN
discussion
Blended From Around The Web
Comments
Back to top
SEARCH PB
GET POP IN YOUR FEED
2d or 3d movie
ABOUT US FAQ PRIVACY POLICY JOBS APPS CONTACT
© Cinema Blend LLC / All rights reserved