Jeremy Piven is apparently still testy about the sushi incident that allegedly forced him to quit the Broadway run of “Speed the Plow.” Before his Thursday appearance on It’s On with Alexa Chung, the actor got into a shouting match backstage with Chris Kattan, according to NY Daily News:
Kattan – who’s been in town talking up his IFC miniseries “Bollywood Hero” – greeted Piven with a snarky, “So, what are you here to promote, your Broadway play?”
The actor sniped back irritably, “Well, what are you here to promote? Mango?” – a reference to Kattan’s swishy “Saturday Night Live” stripper character.
The actors continued to bark for a few minutes, but while Kattan thought the argument was in jest, Piven did not.
Says an insider, “After some back and forth, Jeremy said something really personal to Chris that basically attacked his career. He said ‘Whoa, man – I thought we were just fooling around here.’”
Not the right thing to say to the man who plays Ari Gold, apparently. “I’m getting sued for that s–t!” the actor shouted. “It’s not funny!”
Our source adds, “Jeremy slammed the green room door right in Chris’ face, and about 20 people in the hallway outside could hear him yelling obscenities. He was furious.
“Chris felt really badly about the whole thing, so about 15 minutes later he tried to approach Jeremy again to apologize, to tell him he was just kidding and that he didn’t mean to offend in any way. But Jeremy wasn’t having it at all. He slammed the door in Chris’ face AGAIN.”
Mostly because this season’s episode where Grandpa Ari gave Turtle a heart-to-heart talk made me want to stick my head in Paris Hilton’s vagina and die an acidy death, I’m going to recommend Jeremy Piven try some Midol the next time he’s crampy and forego my initial reaction of “What the fuck’s a Chris Kattan?”