Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels is drawn to the unexpected — his role as a moody villain in a TV western filled that bill

Jeff Daniels is drawn to the unexpected — his role as a moody villain in a TV western filled that bill

Over the span of his 37-year career, Jeff Daniels has repeatedly defied what kind of career a square-jawed, 6-foot-3-inch, light-haired Midwesterner belongs in. He’s played all manner of ordinary suits, from the secretly feckless (“Terms of Endearment”) to the in-over-his-head (“Something Wild”). Just to put a spin on things, he went toe to toe with boundary-free funnyman Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber.”

In 2013, he refocused his room-filling energy and took home an Emmy for his turn as cynical news anchor Will McAvoy on Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.” So when writer-director Scott Frank asked him to accept the role of Frank Griffin, a furious, Scripture-spouting criminal in...

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