Jeff Daniels Makes the Round to Promote His New Showtime Series American rust premiere this Sunday. The two-time Emmy winner, when asked how it all started, smashed his most iconic roles that catapulted his career. I fell in love with him, just like Cecilia from Mia Farrow, like Tom Baxter in The Purple Rose of Cairo. When Tom sees Cecilia on the silver screen every afternoon and decides to walk out of the movie into the real world, it was magical. And I can’t help but think of Pleasantville as a companion piece when I see it.
Jeff Daniels has taken a turn in the top ten of most people’s favorite movies. From action to drama to comedy, he excelled in everything. Listening to him remember the highlights is like traveling in time. He made his first Hollywood blockbuster in 1983 with Terms of Affection as flap. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress (Shirley MacLaine) and Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson).
It was 11 years later before he got a shot at another blockbuster with his character Harry in Speed. He spoke of the silence and said: “Speed was, ‘Give me a job.’ That is what Speed used to be. [My agent] said, ‘Well, we have this script’ Speed, we’ll send it to you, but you’re dead on page 22. You and Keanu enter this 50-story building and you get into the elevator shaft and fall and die.” I said, ‘Well, the career is in trouble, but it’s not that much trouble, so I’m going to succeed.’ And then they said, ‘Wait a minute, there’s a new version coming, you’ll die later.’ I said, “How much later?” He says, “About page 88.” ‘I participate.’ I did and held on all the way until I crawled through that window into that house and the house exploded. I was lucky they did another draft.”
It’s hard to believe, but that same year he played a very different Harry stupid and stupid. “I really wanted to do” stupid and stupid. The career was at a point where I had to get on a plane at my own expense and fly to L.A. to audition for two weeks, and I went for about five movies at the time. I needed a job. But when I auditioned for stupid and stupid, I said, ‘I can do this. I know how to do this.’ The agents were hesitant to work with Jim because he is such a solo artist. As one cop said, “He wipes you off the screen.” And I said, ‘Yeah, but I’ve got the toilet scene, I’ve got the tongue on the pole scene, I’ve got the snowball in the main scene. Unless they cut those scenes that Jim isn’t in, I’m going to score.'”
More recently, Daniels has been known for his “turns into series” for HBO, Showtime, Netflix and Hulu. Aaron Sorkin’s The newsroom is where he picked up his first Emmy. He would have a matching set for his performance as the outlaw Frank Griffin in the western series wicked. Speaking of his riding: “Eventually you get thrown off, and if you’re like me, you break your wrist, which I did on the penultimate day of shooting. I got thrown off, broke my wrist, and it’s still broken. That’s the wrist I used to hold up the Emmy. That made up for it.”
You can follow his next journey starring Maura Tierney, Bill Camp, David Alvarez, Alex Neustaedter and Rob Yang in American rust. The series follows a complicated and compromised Police Chief Del Harris (Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Watch the premiere Sunday on Showtime. This news comes from Entertainment Weekly.
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