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Jeremy Piven: I teased basketball star

Jeremy Piven still runs lines past his mother.

Jeremy has graced both the small and silver screen with roles in TV shows such as Mr Selfridge and reprising his part of Ari in the upcoming film adaptation of hit programme Entourage.

He's also managed to rub shoulders with sports stars throughout his career, even gaining the confidence to mock basketball legend Michael's attempts at breaking into acting.

"I once asked Michael Jordan, 'Have you let the healing begin since you were snubbed at the Oscars for Space Jam?'" Jeremy laughed to Us Weekly.

"[And] Mike Tyson told me I look like the 'captain of the Jewish debate team.'"

It seems the thespian has mingled with big names from a young age, as he revealed William H. Macy used to be his babysitter.

During his interview with the publication Jeremy, 49, shared 25 things fans may not know about him, from still running lines past his mother Joyce to sharing his early memories of performing.

"When I still lived at home, my father directed himself in a production of Macbeth, with my mother playing Lady Macbeth and me as Malcolm," he added.

Jeremy may retain the title of a bachelor, but the star is certainly a family man. His sister is director Shira Piven and he often spends time with her daughters Pearl and Lili, with Pearl previously turning to her uncle for advice during a school play.

When he isn't in front of the camera Jeremy likes to unwind with a spot of yoga, though despite doing it for 20 years he admits he still has no idea what he's doing.

"I have a viciously mediocre meditation practice," he added.

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