Yeah, I'll pass.' … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson). 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." “After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. 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. He's not in the tongue-on-the-pole scene. And that’s — there’s a risk of failure in that. ", 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." The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. And it worked." ", "I'm ready to go," he says. Daniels shared, on July 16, a photo of "The Newsroom" set in darkness via Twitter and wrote, "That's a wrap.". 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. When he says something, you believe it. ... Jeff Daniels’s Newsroom Meets Dumb & Dumber A Sorkin-Farrelly mash-up. … We’re shooting by 8. 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. … 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. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." 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). A 2014 sequel followed. ", At some point, Daniels will play a compromised police chief in a working-class Pennsylvania town in Showtime's pandemic-delayed drama series, "Rust. TV The Newsroom. ", "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. 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, 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 … Daniels kicked-off a music career in the early 2000s but his ties to acoustic folk music go back to the 70s. “It’s being careful about choices, and it’s about luck,” said Daniels. … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? 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. “I certainly was the outsider in the room. Advisers pushed back. "They didn't know how to market it. Sam (Waterston) and I would talk about it. 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. They marketed it as a Chevy Chase comedy and then we've got that wild third act. "I had agents saying, 'We're going to stop you. “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. [31] All rights reserved (About Us). ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ - those shows are adored and loved. 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. Created by Aaron Sorkin. Reach her at jennmckee@mlive.com or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee. 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. 'You're cheating on Deborah Winger while she's dying of cancer? "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. 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. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. "And it was the chance to work with this young comedic genius named Jim Carrey. 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.”. 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. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. But ACN diehards will have to be content with Jeff Daniels’ most improbable of Emmys. Can you imagine anyone else in the role?’ And I feel successful in coming close to that.”. Anne Thompson Sep 28, 2020 5:00 pm Watch the full interview clip (including Mahershala Ali’s unparalleled shirt-jacket combo) below: “I’d been looking to get into television, because that’s where the writing is,” Daniels said. They are all alive to me.". By E. Alex Jung. “Yes and no,” Daniels said. Then came “The Newsroom,” which eventually earned Daniels more than a nomination (he won an Emmy Award in 2013). "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' Jeff Daniels, with help from Bloomberg’s Matt Negrin and Griffin Hammond, revived his portrayal of The Newsroom anchor Will McAvoy to unleash his … Still, to hear Daniels tell it, these next few days are his long-awaited coming-out party. Callow philanderer Flap Horton "was probably the role no young actor in Hollywood wanted. "It's credibility. 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. 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. That is a hallmark of Jeff as a person. 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. I'm appreciative of the time to recover. So that didn't work," he says. Here are a few examples of the “bait-n-switch” associated with the Newsroom rant: TWO QUICK EXAMPLES 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.' … I was just glad to be there. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. 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 … 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. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. 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. 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. And I’d do it again.”. 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. Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. Will Daniels miss playing prickly anchorman Will McAvoy? The official website for The Newsroom on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. You could feel the stillness. "The Newsroom" wrapped its final season in July, and the episodes will air on HBO this fall. 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. 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.”. "When you say 'Something Wild,' I think of how much I miss Jonathan Demme. That doesn’t happen as much at a place like HBO and Netflix. Like, how do we do this? “The validation matters,” said Daniels. 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. I knew I had timing," he says. The series chronicles behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. With "The Squid and the Whale," kids of divorce have talked to me, now grown, just going, 'Oh, man.' As the premiere opens, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) are planning their wedding. 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. Unless they cut those scenes, I'm going to score.' The "he" is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels… Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." They’ll say, ‘Script, please,’ while we’re looking at them and thinking, ‘Welcome to our world.’”. When Daniels first met Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin to talk about The Newsroom … ", Morality play: Jeff Daniels' performance in 'Comey Rule' made James Comey feel 'nauseous,' and Daniels is OK with that. 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). No, I was happy to take that. 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. I spent my weekends learning the whole week’s script … so that I’d be up to speed and off-book by Sunday. 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 … I said, 'He's not in the snowball-in-the-head scene. Just amazing. 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). If there’s any rehearsal, you do it on your own. (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.. any more." That will change on June 24, when Daniels makes his debut as anchorman Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom. Transcript for Jeff Daniels Dishes On New Show 'The Newsroom' This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. 40 years, '' he says we can be kind of a stall and I would about! Resurrect his character from the world of, you do it on your own an Emmy Award 2013! 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