Jeff Daniels Finds The Role Of A Lifetime In A National Myth – Guest Column

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Jeff Daniels Finds The Role Of A Lifetime In A National Myth – Guest Column
In this guest column for Deadline, actor Sam Waterston, who co-starred with Jeff Daniels in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom (2012-2014), offers his thoughts on seeing his old friend’s Tony-nominated performance as Atticus Finch in Sorkin’s Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. The 2019 Tony Awards are Sunday airing on CBS.

Everybody knows a Tony Award is a prize for a performance. It’s not a lifetime achievement award. But sometimes it could be, and Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those cases. A performance like that doesn’t just happen. You need to have it in you, you need to have spent a very long time learning the skills required to deliver it, and there are lots of them, having to do with timing and pace, with “touch” and “feel,” which goes back to having the part in you somewhere,
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