", Morality play: Jeff Daniels' performance in 'Comey Rule' made James Comey feel 'nauseous,' and Daniels is OK with that. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Here are a few examples of the “bait-n-switch” associated with the Newsroom rant: TWO QUICK EXAMPLES "The commonality that's happened since 'Newsroom' is that I'm getting a lot more offers because of that. Transcript for Jeff Daniels Dishes On New Show 'The Newsroom' This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. Callow philanderer Flap Horton "was probably the role no young actor in Hollywood wanted. . And he's not in the toilet scene. 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 kind where Jeff Daniels is asked to resurrect his character from The Newsroom to talk about the 2016 presidential election. "Luckily, we're healthy, but it's been a sprint since 'Newsroom' and especially after 'Mockingbird' and going right into 'Comey.' Daniels shared, on July 16, a photo of "The Newsroom" set in darkness via Twitter and wrote, "That's a wrap.". Jeff Daniels Discusses 'Dumb and … By E. Alex Jung. As the premiere opens, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) are planning their wedding. Subscribe to MLive.com. Like, how do we do this? 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 Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill. any more." McAvoy, was a complicated guy, and that's what I get now," Daniels says. Advisers pushed back. 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. “There’s got to be some luck involved, because for somebody to be hitting at my age – it just doesn’t usually happen.”. 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. 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. With ‘Squid,’ Noah’s budget was so low, there were just 1 or 2 producers, making sure the money was spent correctly. That is a hallmark of Jeff as a person. 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! 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. "Comey" writer-director Billy Ray understands why the actor is in demand. There’s more there, the journey’s longer – I like it. … I was just glad to be there. 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. They are all alive to me.". “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. 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. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. 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 … "The Newsroom" wrapped its final season in July, and the episodes will air on HBO this fall. Jeff Daniels brought back the epic Will McA… "Actors are supposed to be as many different characters as we can be. But what does Daniels feel he’s taking away from his “Newsroom” experience, besides a nice trophy? … The goal for me is always, ‘Is the performance definitive? 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. Still, to hear Daniels tell it, these next few days are his long-awaited coming-out party. ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ - those shows are adored and loved. Watch the full interview clip (including Mahershala Ali’s unparalleled shirt-jacket combo) below: Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for The Ann Arbor News. "I want to see Harry Dunne sitting with Will McAvoy, and then Jim Comey sits down. ", At some point, Daniels will play a compromised police chief in a working-class Pennsylvania town in Showtime's pandemic-delayed drama series, "Rust. "When you say 'Something Wild,' I think of how much I miss Jonathan Demme. 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 … JEFF DANIELS, ACTOR: Well, as an actor, I didn’t know how to do him. The 6 Most Aaron Sorkin-y Things About Molly’s Game From the fast talking to the daddy issues. You’re shooting the novel, not the short story. The official website for The Newsroom on HBO, featuring full episodes online, interviews, schedule information and episode guides. “ … 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. You could feel the stillness. … With everything, you know it’s ending at some point, and there’s a sense of relief in a job well done, past tense. 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. 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. Just amazing. When Daniels first met Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin to talk about The Newsroom … You want that impact.". 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