Jeff Daniels is a true acting artist.
His acting skills can range from comedic roles to serious dramatic ones. Daniels is not only an Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee, but the star of Dumb and Dumber revealed he nearly didnt work on the show that helped launch his acting career.
Daniels was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter for their Actor Roundtable. While nobody can deny his acting skills, the truth is that Daniels admits that his agents did not want him to do the film. He recalls, There were three agents on the phone the night before I flew to do wardrobe for Dumb & Dumber. Three agents, one in New York, two in L.A. The two in L.A. were going, Were going to stop you, youre not going to do this, youre a serious actor, were trying to get you to the Oscars, this will be the end of your career. Frankly, Jim Carrey is a comedic genius and, with all due respect, hes gonna wipe you off the screen. Say no and well take care of it. I said, You know what? Im bored with the career, I want to change it up. If this is a mistake, guys, its mine. Im going.'
While Daniels was looking back at his career, he says, But you know, they had a good point. Because nobody knows. We thought 12-year-olds would go see it, but that was about it.
Daniels revealed his motivation to keep going in the film industry. What keeps me in the business are the challenges of not repeating myself, Daniels explained.
That said, Daniels opened up about playing his character on Godless. He explained it was still a challenge for him. He explains, Youre on a horse eight hours a day. I had to train for three months because Id read the scripts and knew that I was galloping through rivers with one arm. And youre going to fall off the horse eventually Its dangerous stuff. Im glad I trained, I highly recommend it, dont do the actor thing of, Absolutely, I can ride and then think you can learn in three days. We had one guy, first take, first day, first scene, first morning, flipped off the back. Bam. You can see the ambulance coming around from behind the cameras before theyve said cut. And the second to last day of shooting, I fell off the horse, broke my wrist.
When looking back at his life, Daniels said he would tell himself not to let the business kill the love for why you got into it. He added, I talk to college kids sometimes, and you cant teach them about the rejection, you cant prepare them for that, for the bitterness, the depression, all that stuff that comes because of the peaks and valleys of a career. But dont let it kill the love for what comes between action and cut. Hang on to that because youre gonna need that. Thats what I would tell him.Related:
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