Happy Birthday: Jeremy Piven

Festival Reviews

jeremypiven.jpgJeremy Piven

Born: July 26, 1965 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

[on how to make an impression in small roles] From the get-go, I’d keep talking and never stop. Literally, I would take single lines and just keep going. In Runaway Jury (2003), there are so many great actors but I got lucky because I’m standing next to Dustin Hoffman! That’s the secret; Get next to him and they can’t cut you out!

John Cusack and I have been friends since childhood, and the fact that we’re in so many films together is, no pun intended, serendipitous. I audition and, after I find out I’ve got the job, I call Johnny and say “Hey, man, we’re going to be in New Orleans together”. And because we’ve done a bunch of films, people connect the dots. But that’s not the case.

Say Anything
dir. Crowe

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