Jeremy Piven’s Facebook page has carved out a distinguished career as an award-winning actor. From his turn as Ari Gold in Entourage to a wry Spence Kovak on Ellen and a supporting role in Black Hawk Down, the multi-faceted star has proven that he can take on both comedic and dramatic roles with ease. The 57-year-old’s most recent credits include the film Last Call with Bruce Dern and Orange Is the New Black star Taryn Manning, as well as the period drama Mr Selfridge and the biographical sports drama Sweetwater.
In the latter, he portrays Nat Clifton, a basketball player who defied odds and fought for his right to play the game despite facing discrimination on and off the court. Piven is a solid choice for this type of role, and he shines as Clifton, showing that he can carry off a serious dramatic role as well as his trademark comedic ones.
Beyond Ari Gold: Exploring Jeremy Piven’s Diverse Acting Roles
Considering how much Entourage has set him up for future success, it’s unfortunate that Piven doesn’t seem to be landing projects as interesting as his first major hit. Instead, the actor has opted to continue working in half-baked small release films like this one, which squanders his talents by being both unfunny and deeply uninteresting. Perhaps it’s his wheelhouse, or maybe he simply hasn’t been given the opportunities to branch out into more interesting roles. Regardless, the women who accuse Piven of sexual misconduct say they’re disappointed that he continues to work in Hollywood while skirting accountability. Meador says that she feels sick whenever she sees Piven on screen and that if he wants to return to the limelight, he should account for his past behavior and deliver an apology. Gonzalez and McCain Olson echo that sentiment, noting that Piven should do more to address the allegations against him and make his victims feel heard.