Live! with Kelly & Michael: Jeff Daniels
The suave Jeff Daniels is the star of The Newsroom. Live! with Kelly & Michael co-host Michael Strahan was worried he would have to pull him off the energetic fans. Daniels is proud of his Emmy nomination for The Newsroom, but much more proud of his recent hole in one in golf. He said that anyone can master it, but he did it.
Daniels recently lost a lot of weight. He said that kettle bells were the secret to looking news anchor ready. Eating right is also a good idea. Jeff Daniels favorite snack is rice cakes with ketchup, mustard, and sweet pickle relish. It helps him beat the nightly cravings and makes his brain think he’s eating a hot dog.
Dumb & Dumber Sequel: Jeff Daniels Has to Get Dumb
Even though he’s a brilliantly smart on The Newsroom, Daniels has to get dumb, more dumb, and just plain stupid to reprise his role in the Dumb & Dumber sequel. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the film’s debut. Daniels said that he and Jim Carrey are both pumped to bring the characters back to the big screen, even if it means sacrificing his brain to an IQ of 8.
“There’s an intellectual free fall that’s got to happen,” Daniels said he may not come back from it for The Newsroom.
Kelly & Michael: The Newsroom Season 2
Playing anchor Will McAvoy isn’t going to get any easier in season two. His impatience is still there and he’s in a crisis with his confidence. Daniels said on Live! with Kelly & Michael that he’s trying to deal with his hotheaded nature, but there will be moments of explosion.
Aaron Sorkin, the show’s creator, writes a lot of dialogue. It takes six to seven months to shoot the season, and there is a heck of a lot of words to memorize. Daniels said he feels like he’s walking around in the dark repeating the words over and over and over until you hate the sound of your voice. He said that it was similar to working on God of Carnage.
Jeff Daniels Remembers James Gandolfini
His God of Carnage co-star, James Gandolfini, was a huge help during the first season of The Newsroom. Daniels said that he would email Gandolfini often to ask for advice, since he did the HBO series The Sopranos. Daniels remembered Gandolfini as the most genuine and talented man. Two of Daniels’ God of Carnage co-stars are on The Newsroom now, but he wishes they could also have James Gandolfini.
The Newsroom airs Sundays on HBO.