LA Times – Jeff Daniels adapts to the long hours of ‘The Newsroom’ life by Greg BraxtonPosted by Colleen Murray on May 27, 2012
Jeff Daniels adapts to the long hours of ‘The Newsroom’ life
Playing a newsman in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ is the first TV series starring role for Jeff Daniels. James Gandolfini told him it wouldn’t be easy.
Before taking on the lead for “The Newsroom,”HBO’s intense drama exploring the behind-the-scenes frenzy of a cable news network, Jeff Daniels received some counsel from the man formerly known as Tony Soprano.
“James said, ‘Get sleep,’” Daniels said, recalling a conversation with James Gandolfini, Daniels’ costar in the smash Broadway production of “God of Carnage.” The star of”The Sopranos” was trying to warn Daniels, whose wide-ranging career had been mostly anchored in movies and theater, about the grueling demands of a high-profile TV series.