Jeremy Piven Is Photo-Unfriendly

Has Jeremy Piven mistaken himself for his Entourage character, sleazy agent Ari Gold?

The 43-year-old actor is developing an ever-increasing rep for oily behavior. Piven is currently facing investigation by the Actors’ Equity Association for his fishy reneging on his engagement in the David Mamet play Speed-the-Plow. Piven claimed that he had to bow out of the play in December due to mercury poisoning. The play’s producers aren’t buying it.

The thesp is now being accused of engaging in diva-esque behavior on photo-shoots.

The New York Post’s Page Six Magazine reports that, during a September shoot to promote the play, Piven hassled the photographer with overbearing smarminess.

“This isn’t my first time on the merry-go-round,” Piven allegedly snapped at the cameraman after being asked to pose for a head shot. “You want mediocre? I can give you mediocre.”

At which point Piven flashed a cheesy grin worthy of a high-school yearbook photo.

Mediocre, eh, Jeremy? Kind of like the ratings for Entourage recently?

Between his prima-donna act, contempt for the law and creepy, middle-aged-perv behavior, a bout of mercury poisoning might actually be preferable to dealing with Piven.

Can’t handle the professional obligations that a successful acting career entails, Jer? Maybe you should hug it out.