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