The opportunity to tell a unique story in a visual medium is the dream for most anyone interested in the arts. Jeremy Piven is one of those lucky individuals who has achieved his career goal by working in both theatre and film. The Emmy Award winner has starred in numerous popular movies and TV shows, most notably in HBO’s Entourage as Ari Gold.
Jeremy Piven has been involved in the performing arts since his childhood, when he started his career as a stage actor. This experience has allowed him to hone his craft and understand what it takes to create compelling characters on both the stage and screen. As a result, he is able to take his audience on a journey through an engaging narrative with each performance.
There are many similarities between acting on the stage and acting on the screen. Both require an intense focus and dedication to the material. It is also crucial that the actors convey the emotion of their character to the audience. The biggest difference between the two is that when an actor performs on the stage they can hear and see the reaction of their audience. If the audience is laughing they know that their humor has been received and understood. Similarly, if the audience is sobbing it is a sign that their dramatic scenes have struck a chord with the crowd.
Film and TV actors on the other hand must rely on the direction and editing of the director to convey emotion and tension. The lighting, microphones and cameras used to capture the performance can pick up even the smallest facial expression or subtle nuance in body language. Because of this, it is important that the actors speak, gesture, and act as they would in real life.
In 1989, Cusack made a splash on the big screen as nuclear physicist in the riveting drama Fat Man and Little Boy. The following year he took on another challenging role in Stephen Frears’ modern take on classic noir, The Grifters. This movie was a breakout performance for Cusack and showcased his ability to play a complex character with both serious and comedic elements.
For the 2006 animated flick Cars, Jeremy Piven provided voice work as Harv, Lightning McQueen’s agent. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning over $461 million worldwide and $244.1 million in the United States as reported by Box Office Mojo.
For those who are interested in learning more about the art of acting, Jeremy Piven is bringing his talents to the Palm Beach Improv this week. The three-time Emmy Award winner will be performing for five nights (Jan. 21-23) in South Florida. For more information, visit the Improv’s website.