Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. 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 goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? "I've always said, 'When I'm done, I'm going to throw a dinner party and all the characters I've ever played are going to show up'," he says. "I was about to throw up on my shoes," Comey said of the experience of watching Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson reenacting his one-on-one dinner scene with POTUS. They are all alive to me.". 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.”. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." 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. Daniels goes around the table to discuss his guests' projects: "At the time, I wanted to shake it up. Daniels traces the start of his “move up to a different plateau” to Noah Baumbach’s 2005 indie film, “The Squid and the Whale,” in which Daniels played a blowhard, self-absorbed professor whose family is falling apart. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." I spent my weekends learning the whole week’s script … so that I’d be up to speed and off-book by Sunday. Daniels kicked-off a music career in the early 2000s but his ties to acoustic folk music go back to the 70s. . “ … I didn’t do it for 8 years. 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 … Jeff Daniels had a deliciously snarky response the day an actor couldn’t get his lines right on The Newsroom this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. The series chronicles behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. 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 … "It's credibility. “I’d been looking to get into television, because that’s where the writing is,” Daniels said. [31] Just amazing. "And it was the chance to work with this young comedic genius named Jim Carrey. 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 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.' No, I was happy to take that. "The commonality that's happened since 'Newsroom' is that I'm getting a lot more offers because of that. This will end your career.' 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. I knew I had timing," he says. 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. TV The Newsroom. "Comey" writer-director Billy Ray understands why the actor is in demand. With ‘Squid,’ Noah’s budget was so low, there were just 1 or 2 producers, making sure the money was spent correctly. 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." They tend to say, ‘Here’s the money, do what you do.’, “At ‘The Newsroom,’ what you hear is, ‘Go further,’ ‘Don’t pull back.’ … There’s a freedom in that for writers.”. And he's not in the toilet scene. As the premiere opens, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) are planning their wedding. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson) 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. I did it for 3. When Daniels first met Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin to talk about The Newsroom … That is a hallmark of Jeff as a person. Yeah, I'll pass.' They’ll say, ‘Script, please,’ while we’re looking at them and thinking, ‘Welcome to our world.’”. “I certainly was the outsider in the room. And that’s — there’s a risk of failure in that. “The validation matters,” said Daniels. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. With "The Squid and the Whale," kids of divorce have talked to me, now grown, just going, 'Oh, man.' All rights reserved (About Us). ", "I don't think anything will top what I got to do eight times a week on Broadway playing Atticus Finch. McAvoy, was a complicated guy, and that's what I get now," Daniels says. … But I think part of why got to make a speech is, a lot of actors say, ‘I couldn’t do what you’re doing.’ The amount of dialogue, the pace Sorkin requires, the fact that there’s no rehearsal. The kind where Jeff Daniels is asked to resurrect his character from The Newsroom to talk about the 2016 presidential election. 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. "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. “Yes and no,” Daniels said. ", At some point, Daniels will play a compromised police chief in a working-class Pennsylvania town in Showtime's pandemic-delayed drama series, "Rust. The dramatic career was in kind of a stall and I knew I could do comedy. He's not in the tongue-on-the-pole scene. ", "I'm ready to go," he says. Created by Aaron Sorkin. 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. A 2014 sequel followed. … I was just glad to be there. Daniels, 65, has pursued a broad range of film, TV and stage roles for philosophical, creative and career reasons over a 44-year acting career that he celebrates every September 1, the day he arrived in New York in 1976 to pursue his dream. 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. Since "Newsroom" was canceled in 2014, those roles include risk-averse NASA Director Teddy Sanders in "The Martian" (2015); outlaw Frank Griffin in "Godless" (2017); FBI agent John O'Neill in "The Looming Tower" (2018);" and Atticus Finch in Sorkin's 2018 Broadway adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird. That's the big goal, not playing one thing for 40 years," he says. "When you say 'Something Wild,' I think of how much I miss Jonathan Demme. 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). 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… Unless they cut those scenes, I'm going to score.' “ … Writers have more say (in television), more freedom. And it worked." "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' JEFF DANIELS, ACTOR: Well, as an actor, I didn’t know how to do him. “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. Here are a few examples of the “bait-n-switch” associated with the Newsroom rant: TWO QUICK EXAMPLES Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. . "I had agents saying, 'We're going to stop you. Can you imagine anyone else in the role?’ And I feel successful in coming close to that.”. ", "There are things I've done that have impacted people in ways I didn't anticipate," he says of Noah Baumbach's searing portrayal of a couple's split as seen through the eyes of their young sons. And I’d do it again.”. But ACN diehards will have to be content with Jeff Daniels’ most improbable of Emmys. Daniels was successful to the point that when he won his Emmy, he beat out heavy hitters like Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston. Advisers pushed back. Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … Then came “The Newsroom,” which eventually earned Daniels more than a nomination (he won an Emmy Award in 2013). If there’s any rehearsal, you do it on your own. 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). "I want to see Harry Dunne sitting with Will McAvoy, and then Jim Comey sits down. … We’re shooting by 8. Jeff Daniels on the End of 'The Newsroom': 'It's Really Difficult to Do Well' ... Once they start talking towards the outline of your ideas, now you’re off and running. “ … You just have to do what you have to do get on top of it, so it can sound like the words are just falling out of his head in the moment, instead of just sounding like lines I learned last night. a cameraman asks MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), a cable news executive producer, at the end of the first episode of The Newsroom. 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. So I said, 'I'm in.'". That doesn’t happen as much at a place like HBO and Netflix. Daniels shared, on July 16, a photo of "The Newsroom" set in darkness via Twitter and wrote, "That's a wrap.". 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. Anne Thompson Sep 28, 2020 5:00 pm They marketed it as a Chevy Chase comedy and then we've got that wild third act. I'm appreciative of the time to recover. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. Sam (Waterston) and I would talk about it. ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ - those shows are adored and loved. I told Aaron (Sorkin) that. You could feel the stillness. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. The "he" is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels… Subscribe to MLive.com. One of them said, 'Jim Carrey is going to wipe you off the screen.' Reach her at jennmckee@mlive.com or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee. Transcript for Jeff Daniels Dishes On New Show 'The Newsroom' This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. Whether you loved or hated ‘The Newsroom,’ the scene in the pilot was one that everyone was talking about — and now, here we are again. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson). The official website for The Newsroom on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. “What you learn early on is that, nobody cares whether it’s hard, with a lot of lines delivered at 100 miles an hour,” said Daniels. A thorough slap down and rebuttal to Jeff Daniels’ viral anti-America Newsroom scene, in which he claims that America is not the greatest country in the world. 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. "The Newsroom" wrapped its final season in July, and the episodes will air on HBO this fall. "They didn't know how to market it. The 6 Most Aaron Sorkin-y Things About Molly’s Game From the fast talking to the daddy issues. In particular, the closing argument that Aaron Sorkin had written based on Harper Lee’s book, to stand on the front of the Shubert stage and deliver a right hook to white America about racism, 1,400 predominantly white faces not moving. any more." 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. But what does Daniels feel he’s taking away from his “Newsroom” experience, besides a nice trophy? Sorkin opens with fireworks as Daniels unleashes a tirade, telling an audience that "America is NOT the greatest country in the world . “It’s being careful about choices, and it’s about luck,” said Daniels. (He) was on the rise and it was a buddy movie. Watch the full interview clip (including Mahershala Ali’s unparalleled shirt-jacket combo) below: Jeff Daniels (11:02) Tony-nominated actor, Jeff Daniels, stops by Couch Surfing this week to talk about ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Broadway and some of his greatest roles including ‘Something Wild,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ ‘The Newsroom,’ and more! You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. “There’s got to be some luck involved, because for somebody to be hitting at my age – it just doesn’t usually happen.”. in television tags the newsroom, aaron sorkin, jeff daniels, will mcavoy, america, usa ← Al Pacino (written by Oliver Stone and John Logan) : 'On this team, we fight for that inch', Any Given Sunday - 1999 Sylvester Stallone (also writer): 'You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life', Rocky Balboa - 2006 … … Everybody else saw that and said, ‘Oh that’s what I have to do to do this.’ … And we go at Sorkin speed. 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. Like, how do we do this? And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. This summer, the cast and crew finished shooting the show's third and final season, which will air this fall (the premiere date has yet to be announced). Still, to hear Daniels tell it, these next few days are his long-awaited coming-out party. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. ", Morality play: Jeff Daniels' performance in 'Comey Rule' made James Comey feel 'nauseous,' and Daniels is OK with that. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. Callow philanderer Flap Horton "was probably the role no young actor in Hollywood wanted. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for The Ann Arbor News. “After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. That will change on June 24, when Daniels makes his debut as anchorman Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom. So that didn't work," he says. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. When he says something, you believe it. “Because with the show, you’ve got a 10 hour season. Jeff Daniels brought back the epic Will McA… Will Daniels miss playing prickly anchorman Will McAvoy? ", Jeff Daniels: playing Atticus Finch 'role of a lifetime', Jeff Daniels calls playing Atticus Finch in the stage adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' the "role of a lifetime." Filmmakers remember McAvoy and his scorching critique of American exceptionalism, too, which has led to a rich bounty of intriguing roles in recent years, including former FBI Director James Comey in Showtime's miniseries "The Comey Rule" (Part 2, Monday, 9 EDT/PDT). 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. Jeff Daniels’ film career has been filled with plenty of highlights, from Ragtime to The Squid And The Whale, but with the exception of a few one-off appearances and the occasional TV movie, he’s rarely shown his face on the small screen. You want that impact.". ... Jeff Daniels’s Newsroom Meets Dumb & Dumber A Sorkin-Farrelly mash-up. By E. Alex Jung. 'You're cheating on Deborah Winger while she's dying of cancer? 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