… We’re shooting by 8. Sorkin opens with fireworks as Daniels unleashes a tirade, telling an audience that "America is NOT the greatest country in the world . And it worked." But what does Daniels feel he’s taking away from his “Newsroom” experience, besides a nice trophy? 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. One of them said, 'Jim Carrey is going to wipe you off the screen.' The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Reach her at jennmckee@mlive.com or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee. I did it for 3. Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … I knew I had timing," he says. 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. "I want to see Harry Dunne sitting with Will McAvoy, and then Jim Comey sits down. 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 could feel the stillness. “ … Writers have more say (in television), more freedom. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." 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. Anne Thompson Sep 28, 2020 5:00 pm "The Newsroom" wrapped its final season in July, and the episodes will air on HBO this fall. 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. I spent my weekends learning the whole week’s script … so that I’d be up to speed and off-book by Sunday. Jeff Daniels, with help from Bloomberg’s Matt Negrin and Griffin Hammond, revived his portrayal of The Newsroom anchor Will McAvoy to unleash his … 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 … "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. With "The Squid and the Whale," kids of divorce have talked to me, now grown, just going, 'Oh, man.' "When you say 'Something Wild,' I think of how much I miss Jonathan Demme. "The commonality that's happened since 'Newsroom' is that I'm getting a lot more offers because of that. 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. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. 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.' 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. 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. TV The Newsroom. Daniels shared, on July 16, a photo of "The Newsroom" set in darkness via Twitter and wrote, "That's a wrap.". So that didn't work," he says. 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 … 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. That will change on June 24, when Daniels makes his debut as anchorman Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO series The Newsroom. “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. … Everybody else saw that and said, ‘Oh that’s what I have to do to do this.’ … And we go at Sorkin speed. Watch the full interview clip (including Mahershala Ali’s unparalleled shirt-jacket combo) below: And I’d do it again.”. Can you imagine anyone else in the role?’ And I feel successful in coming close to that.”. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. "I had agents saying, 'We're going to stop you. 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. “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. 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. 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." Transcript for Jeff Daniels Dishes On New Show 'The Newsroom' This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. 'You're cheating on Deborah Winger while she's dying of cancer? When Daniels first met Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin to talk about The Newsroom … Yeah, I'll pass.' The "he" is Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels… “After wrapping season one, I was reading a movie script and thought, ‘Well, that felt like a short story,’” Daniels said. Subscribe to MLive.com. 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). I said, 'He's not in the snowball-in-the-head scene. 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. Jeff Daniels has earned accolades for his performance as prickly anchorman Will McAvoy on the HBO series, "The Newsroom." “Because with the show, you’ve got a 10 hour season. "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. Still, to hear Daniels tell it, these next few days are his long-awaited coming-out party. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson) The official website for The Newsroom on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. "They didn't know how to market it. As the premiere opens, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) are planning their wedding. This will end your career.' So I said, 'I'm in.'". Like, how do we do this? … 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. ", "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. Just amazing. "Comey" writer-director Billy Ray understands why the actor is in demand. 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). 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. All rights reserved (About Us). And I’m from the world of, close the play and move on. The series chronicles behind-the-scenes events at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. ... Jeff Daniels’s Newsroom Meets Dumb & Dumber A Sorkin-Farrelly mash-up. That is a hallmark of Jeff as a person. Having that sense of, you can’t do anything more than you did with it. 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! "It's credibility. Here are a few examples of the “bait-n-switch” associated with the Newsroom rant: TWO QUICK EXAMPLES A 2014 sequel followed. That's the big goal, not playing one thing for 40 years," he says. “There’s got to be some luck involved, because for somebody to be hitting at my age – it just doesn’t usually happen.”. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson). . “It’s being careful about choices, and it’s about luck,” said Daniels. With ‘Squid,’ Noah’s budget was so low, there were just 1 or 2 producers, making sure the money was spent correctly. 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. "And it was the chance to work with this young comedic genius named Jim Carrey. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. 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. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. 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). You want that impact.". Unless they cut those scenes, I'm going to score.' “I’d been looking to get into television, because that’s where the writing is,” Daniels said. 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. ", "I don't think anything will top what I got to do eight times a week on Broadway playing Atticus Finch. Then came “The Newsroom,” which eventually earned Daniels more than a nomination (he won an Emmy Award in 2013). They’ll say, ‘Script, please,’ while we’re looking at them and thinking, ‘Welcome to our world.’”. That doesn’t happen as much at a place like HBO and Netflix. any more." 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. 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. 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.. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. He's not in the tongue-on-the-pole scene. [31] "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ - those shows are adored and loved. . Callow philanderer Flap Horton "was probably the role no young actor in Hollywood wanted. “ … 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. “ … I didn’t do it for 8 years. 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. (He) was on the rise and it was a buddy movie. The 6 Most Aaron Sorkin-y Things About Molly’s Game From the fast talking to the daddy issues. JEFF DANIELS, ACTOR: Well, as an actor, I didn’t know how to do him. … I was just glad to be there. “The validation matters,” said Daniels. 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. Advisers pushed back. 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. And he's not in the toilet scene. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. They are all alive to me.". Daniels kicked-off a music career in the early 2000s but his ties to acoustic folk music go back to the 70s. 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.”. You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' The kind where Jeff Daniels is asked to resurrect his character from The Newsroom to talk about the 2016 presidential election. 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.”. a cameraman asks MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer), a cable news executive producer, at the end of the first episode of The Newsroom. Sam (Waterston) and I would talk about it. ", Morality play: Jeff Daniels' performance in 'Comey Rule' made James Comey feel 'nauseous,' and Daniels is OK with that. ", At some point, Daniels will play a compromised police chief in a working-class Pennsylvania town in Showtime's pandemic-delayed drama series, "Rust. By E. Alex Jung. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. McAvoy, was a complicated guy, and that's what I get now," Daniels says. 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. Daniels goes around the table to discuss his guests' projects: "At the time, I wanted to shake it up. ", 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." “Yes and no,” Daniels said. They marketed it as a Chevy Chase comedy and then we've got that wild third act. 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. “I certainly was the outsider in the room. ", "I'm ready to go," he says. It comes out in his characters.". Created by Aaron Sorkin. The dramatic career was in kind of a stall and I knew I could do comedy. But ACN diehards will have to be content with Jeff Daniels’ most improbable of Emmys. 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 … When he says something, you believe it. No, I was happy to take that. Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for The Ann Arbor News. Will Daniels miss playing prickly anchorman Will McAvoy? Jeff Daniels brought back the epic Will McA… I'm appreciative of the time to recover. And that’s — there’s a risk of failure in that. … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? 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). 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