He's not in the tongue-on-the-pole scene. ", "I'm ready to go," he says. “I’d been looking to get into television, because that’s where the writing is,” Daniels said. I said, 'He's not in the snowball-in-the-head scene. With "The Squid and the Whale," kids of divorce have talked to me, now grown, just going, 'Oh, man.' That helps explain Daniels playing celluloid-star-come-to-life Tom Baxter in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985); gallant Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in "Gettysburg" (1993); selfish writer Bernard Berkman in "The Squid and the Whale" (2005); sex offender Ray in "Blackbird" on Broadway (2016); and, the greatest of outliers, moron Harry Dunne in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). The opening scene of the pilot episode " We Just Decided To ", in which Daniels gives a monologue on the state of American greatness, has been viewed more than 13 million times. … Everybody else saw that and said, ‘Oh that’s what I have to do to do this.’ … And we go at Sorkin speed. “The validation matters,” said Daniels. Daniels believes that in terms of storytelling, “The Newsroom” is bowing out at the right time – which is to say, before its writers began to strain to extend storylines beyond their natural arc. Like, how do we do this? ", "I don't think anything will top what I got to do eight times a week on Broadway playing Atticus Finch. Anne Thompson Sep 28, 2020 5:00 pm I knew I had timing," he says. “It’s being careful about choices, and it’s about luck,” said Daniels. “I certainly was the outsider in the room. A 2014 sequel followed. But ACN diehards will have to be content with Jeff Daniels’ most improbable of Emmys. "I had agents saying, 'We're going to stop you. Jeff Daniels, with help from Bloomberg’s Matt Negrin and Griffin Hammond, revived his portrayal of The Newsroom anchor Will McAvoy to unleash his … The Tony-nominee says the classic story still “slaps white America in the face.”  (May 29), Jeff Daniels' performance in 'Comey Rule' made James Comey feel 'nauseous,' and Daniels is OK with that, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Daniels goes around the table to discuss his guests' projects: "At the time, I wanted to shake it up. But what does Daniels feel he’s taking away from his “Newsroom” experience, besides a nice trophy? "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' “The Newsroom” was Daniels’ first television series, and the protracted style of storytelling – wherein we follow a character’s arc far more extensively than we might in a movie or play – has shifted his sensibilities. En español | Jeff Daniels, who is 64, likes to imagine celebrating his 80th birthday with a dinner party attended by all the characters he’s ever played. Unless they cut those scenes, I'm going to score.' The day players – you’ll see steam coming out of their ears, … and it’s like they’re coming around a corner too fast, up on 2 wheels. Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." Then came “The Newsroom,” which eventually earned Daniels more than a nomination (he won an Emmy Award in 2013). "When you say 'Something Wild,' I think of how much I miss Jonathan Demme. So far, the guest list is nearly 90 names long, including Will McAvoy, the arrogant anchor from the HBO series The Newsroom; Flap Horton, the spineless husband from Terms of Endearment; and the sublimely imbecilic Harry Dunne from Dumb … “ … I didn’t do it for 8 years. You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. Most entertainers – especially those who work in movies and TV – don’t hit a career peak at age 59, but a pretty good argument could be made in Jeff Daniels’ case. . That's the big goal, not playing one thing for 40 years," he says. If there’s any rehearsal, you do it on your own. Fans often bring up Will McAvoy's memorable Northwestern speech from "The Newsroom" when they encounter Jeff Daniels, who played the sharp, dyspeptic anchor in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama. But when there are more producers and more help and more money, you’ve got a lot of people weighing in, creatively, … and it gets watered down, where the script is on the fourth writer, and there are notes from a junior executive all over the thing, and the marketing department has weighed in the script, too. … I was just glad to be there. JEFF DANIELS, ACTOR: Well, as an actor, I didn’t know how to do him. a cameraman asks MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), a cable news executive producer, at the end of the first episode of The Newsroom. (He) was on the rise and it was a buddy movie. "Comey" writer-director Billy Ray understands why the actor is in demand. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. Daniels kicked-off a music career in the early 2000s but his ties to acoustic folk music go back to the 70s. So that didn't work," he says. And he's not in the toilet scene. The official website for The Newsroom on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. I spent my weekends learning the whole week’s script … so that I’d be up to speed and off-book by Sunday. This will end your career.' … We’re shooting by 8. TV The Newsroom. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. “ … Writers have more say (in television), more freedom. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Before you get to the set, you’ve got to get it up to speed, know it, and know what you’re going to do with it.”. And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson). About Molly’s Game from the Newsroom to talk about it more say ( in television ) more! ( ACN ) channel `` the Newsroom. those shows are adored and loved Daniels goes around the table discuss. 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