Knock off the hippy shit, strap on a helmet and start shooting.

Ari Gold is my hero. He’s the guy I’ve always been but was too shy to let come out because I was too worried about offending people whom I really shouldn’t care about anyway.

Whew what a mouthful. ‘Nyway here he is.

Seriously, Piven is perfectly cast in this brilliant character. Completely fictional of course (no one can come up with those one-liners on their feet), but still steals the show. Every moment he’s on the screen he owns the TV.

And Season 3 (which I’m right into) confirmed what the viewers were only given a glimpse of previously – that he is a family man and loves his wife. That inspite of the most ridiculously self – serving, arrogant and abrasive attitude you’ve ever seen, he speaks truth and comes from the right foundation.

I’m not even gonna get into how blah the other characters are. To do so would be to make excuses for them. Only thing I can say is the onus is on the other actors to perform well enough without Piven erasing them off the screen, and the writers writing good enough stuff that won’t make the other characters’ personas disappear into the background.

Watching Ari Gold get his shit together is inspiring and teaches you a thing or two. Watch Jeremy Piven perform a role so perfect for him is like watching Michael Jordan at his peak winning championships. It is a rare privilege that makes you feel lucky to see it.

Title is from 6:13 in the video.

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