This is pretty interesting. Appearing Wednesday on the weekday SiriusXM program Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy, actor Jeremy Piven briefly traveled back to the bubble of media coverage he found himself in when his Entourage character Ari Gold jerked its way into the pop culture stratosphere.
Specifically, he suggested that in making stuff up about him, the entertainment press would pan for Gold-like hooks:
“The press reporting on me was all as-if I was this character. I’ll give you one example… I took my mother to dinner one night. I’m very close to my mother. She still lives in Chicago, and is out in L.A. right now. And we went to dinner, and we had a great time.”
“And then the story was [laughs], that I was yelling at my mother so badly that people had to get up and leave the restaurant, and I’d been banned from the restaurant. And my mother called me and said, ‘What happened?’”
“And I go, ‘What do you mean?’ She goes, ‘ What did I miss?’ Because she’s of a generation that if it’s in the paper, it has to have some truth. They would never think that someone would just completely make up a story.”
By the way, on a media side note, during Piven’s conversation with McCarthy as in many previous interviews, the talented actor also chuckled about receiving a “Fresh Face Male” award at the age of 37, after some 40-odd movies and a long career before Entourage. However… good luck finding a clear record of that prize. We’re pretty sure it was a Teen Choice Awards citation, but could Google-search neither hide nor hair of it. We’ve reached out to a couple of our awards experts pals to see if they can enlighten us.