With "The Squid and the Whale," kids of divorce have talked to me, now grown, just going, 'Oh, man.' I said, 'He's not in the snowball-in-the-head scene. 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. You want that impact.". "Comey" writer-director Billy Ray understands why the actor is in demand. We’re not sure if Aaron Sorkin wrote this rant, too, but Jeff Daniels of HBO’s “The Newsroom” fame has reprised his Will McAvoy role with a wordy dump on Donald Trump.. Jeff Daniels… With ‘Squid,’ Noah’s budget was so low, there were just 1 or 2 producers, making sure the money was spent correctly. The dramatic career was in kind of a stall and I knew I could do comedy. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." Yeah, I'll pass.' That doesn’t happen as much at a place like HBO and Netflix. It comes out in his characters.". A 2014 sequel followed. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson). The Newsroom is an American political drama television series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, consisting of 25 episodes over three seasons, with 52 to 73 minute long episodes.. Jeff Daniels has been a busy actor in recent years, playing a Western villain, a Southern lawyer and now FBI Director James Comey in 'The Comey Rule.' The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. They are all alive to me.". There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. Watch the full interview clip (including Mahershala Ali’s unparalleled shirt-jacket combo) below: The 6 Most Aaron Sorkin-y Things About Molly’s Game From the fast talking to the daddy issues. "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. Jonathan Demme's madcap road flick involving Daniels' smitten New York banker stiff and Melanie Griffith's free spirit takes a dark, violent turn when her ex (Ray Liotta) shows up. Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … TV The Newsroom. “It’s being careful about choices, and it’s about luck,” said Daniels. The series chronicles behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. 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. No, I was happy to take that. … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? Jeff Daniels, left, as news anchor Will McAvoy in HBO's “The Newsroom,” and Reese Witherspoon as reporter Bradley Jackson in Apple's “The Morning Show.” (Melissa Moseley/HBO; Apple … When he says something, you believe it. ", At some point, Daniels will play a compromised police chief in a working-class Pennsylvania town in Showtime's pandemic-delayed drama series, "Rust. “Yes and no,” Daniels said. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. 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. And I’d do it again.”. And he's not in the toilet scene. any more." McAvoy, was a complicated guy, and that's what I get now," Daniels says. “The validation matters,” said Daniels. Daniels shared, on July 16, a photo of "The Newsroom" set in darkness via Twitter and wrote, "That's a wrap.". I'm appreciative of the time to recover. 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. If there’s any rehearsal, you do it on your own. That will change on June 24, when Daniels makes his debut as anchorman Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom. “After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. Unless they cut those scenes, I'm going to score.' When Daniels first met Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin to talk about 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. The performance earned Daniels acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination, which often leads to better opportunities/material – like the movie “Goodnight and Good Luck,” the off-Broadway drama, “Blackbird,” and the Broadway play “God of Carnage,” which earned Daniels a Tony Award nomination. “Because with the show, you’ve got a 10 hour season. Like, how do we do this? That is a hallmark of Jeff as a person. . 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 … And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. The much-analyzed, much-criticized Comey – who led the controversial investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails and was fired by President Donald Trump after not pledging loyalty – fits the mold, Daniels says from his Michigan home. Callow philanderer Flap Horton "was probably the role no young actor in Hollywood wanted. Transcript for Jeff Daniels Dishes On New Show 'The Newsroom' This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. Daniels is best known for his role in Dumb and Dumber (1994) alongside Jim Carrey plus his Emmy Award-winning performances in The Newsroom and Godless. As the premiere opens, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) are planning their wedding. "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. 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. Daniels goes around the table to discuss his guests' projects: "At the time, I wanted to shake it up. Advisers pushed back. 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.”. Appropriately, the actor playing this straw man in "The Newsroom" is Jeff Daniels, best known as the typecast co-star, with Jim Carrey, of the 1994 comedy "Dumb and Dumber." Jeff Daniels brought back the epic Will McA… Sam (Waterston) and I would talk about it. Daniels had a career resurgence with his turn in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012–2014) as fictional news anchor Will McAvoy. They marketed it as a Chevy Chase comedy and then we've got that wild third act. The kind where Jeff Daniels is asked to resurrect his character from The Newsroom to talk about the 2016 presidential election. “I’d been looking to get into television, because that’s where the writing is,” Daniels said. "I want to see Harry Dunne sitting with Will McAvoy, and then Jim Comey sits down. 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