Jeff Daniels reveals the actor's trick for taking on Aaron Sorkin's challenging scripts


Two-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels opened up on “Salon Talks” about working with writer-director Aaron Sorkin, first on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” and now starring in his Broadway rendition of "To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“Not every line he writes is important,” Daniels said on Sorkin’s writing style. “You don't have to put actor spin on every single line, you don't have to put weight on every single line. Actors tend to do something with every single line, and he wants you to roll it to get to that one.”

Sorkin tapped Daniels for the role of Atticus Finch while he was still in the writing process for the show, now showing on Broadway. “There's a melody” to Sorkin’s writing, Daniels says. “Once you figure that out, then you're kind of in.”

Watch the full episode to hear more from Daniels on how he prepped for the role and how he somehow avoiding reading Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” in high school.

Plus, Daniels’ co-star, Celia Keenan-Bolger opens up about being an adult playing the child role of Scout and taking the show on the road to Washington D.C.


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