CBS News Jeff Daniels: Almost everywhere, and now on Broadway

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CBS News
February 7, 2016

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Jeff Daniels played it for laughs in the 1994 film, “Dumb and Dumber.” Now he’s ON BROADWAY, and talking with Anthony Mason:

With his name up in lights on Broadway, Jeff Daniels is, at age 60, busier than he’s ever been.

“The past year, it seems like you’ve been almost everywhere,” Mason said.

“Yeah, there’s been a lot of me!”

He plays the NASA director trying to bring stranded astronaut Matt Damon back from Mars in “The Martian.”

In “Steve Jobs,” he plays CEO John Scully who is forced to fire the Apple founder.

And in “Blackbird,” which began previews on Broadway this past week, he plays a middle-aged man reliving an earlier affair with a 12-year-old girl:

“Ray: “I’d seen you on the street. Around. But not. Not.”
Una: “You were looking at me, at the barbecue.”
Ray: “No.”
Una: “I saw you.”
Ray: “I wasn’t.”
Una: “I felt you.”
Ray: “I looked at you. I wasn’t looking.”

It’s a stunning turnaround for an actor who only a few years ago he was finished, and considered quitting acting:

“Well, I wanted to quit before I was fired or let go or dismissed or over,” Daniels said. “Then Aaron Sorkin called. My career didn’t die, much to my happiness!”

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