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Jeff Daniels has had a successful and varied career in the entertainment industry. His film credits include Terms of Endearment, Speed, Looper, Steve Jobs, The Martian and Dumb and Dumber which is a film many consider to be a comedy classic. In the realm of television, it was his role in The Newsroom which earned him an Emmy Award and he has recently been speaking about the impact that show has had on his career.
The Looming Tower
However, let us first discuss his latest project, The Looming Tower. This television show focuses on the FBI and CIA in the 1990s as they compete with each other while trying to achieve the same goal; prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. As such, we get a glimpse into how the rivalry between the two intelligence agencies may have been a likely factor that led to 9/11.
In an interview with Collider, Jeff Daniels spoke about his role as John O’Neill in this show and why he wanted to be part of this television show:
“I read the first episode and I thought it was well done. There was nothing formulaic about it, and I didn’t know who this guy was. And then, I was able to find out what the history of the guy was, in relation to the story. The subject matter meant it would be taken seriously, in what it says […] The challenge of it was there, and then I dove in and read the book. I heard what his story was and I found the details of it, leading up. This guy was all over the place, so I knew it was gonna be a joy to play. It’s just about, hopefully, pulling it off. It’s called jumping off the cliff and flapping your arms.”
As I said, Jeff Daniels also talked about The Newsroom and this is what he had to say on how important that show was for him:
“That Northwestern speech was as important to my career as getting cast in the Woody Allen movie, The Purple Rose of Cairo, when I was 30. To me, it was of equal importance, as far as what it did for my career, but you’ve still gotta come through. That Northwestern speech was just a great speech. Now, that speech will outlive me and Aaron. Whatever YouTube is, 50 years from now, you will be able to see it. That, I didn’t see coming. The Emmy, I didn’t see coming.”
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