He’s not a household name. Yet. But in my house he is. I discovered Jeremy Piven like many others did; as the foul mouthed agent from Entourage. Playing an LA agent gave him carte blanche to come up with “Goldisms” like the time he was trying to deter his main client from acting in an indie movie:
“You know what they feed people on an indie set, Vince? Nothing! They don’t give you a trailer. They tell you to go sit on an apple box. Ever try to bang an extra on an apple box?”
An unlikely quote from someone who was schooled on a Shakespearian stage. But excellent training for his current role as the historical magnate, Harry Selfridge on the BBC series Mr Selfridge.
What one might not know however about his prowess as a voice artist. Piven’s voice was featured in the animated cartoon Spiderman, ScoobyDoo and Cars.
What makes a great voice actor? The ability to .. duh.. act. And Piven is a very good actor who, in this clip from “The Goods – Live Hard, Sell Hard” he proves he has what it takes.
But what struck me as interesting last night was how perfect he was doing the voiceover for the new Dodge campaigns. Unfortunately the campaign is no where to be found for sharing online. Instead I have to share this voiceover from TamiFlu. It was surprising actually how many commercials Piven has been behind.
The standout in that commercial is how many side effects. Yes to the voiceover. No to the product.
Jeremy Piven. If one needed any more reasons as to why he’s a perfect pitch man – here he sells himself as a dweeb George Castanza in Seinfeld.