There’s a very nice profile of one of my favorite actors, Jeff Daniels, in the New York Times movie section.
I’ve been a big fan of his since his days with the Circle Rep Theatre in New York. In the spring of 1993 he called me out of the blue after reading an article in a local Michigan paper about my book. We talked several times as he was getting the Purple Rose Theatre going and we swapped scripts back and forth; I read his Escanaba in da Moonlight when it was a first draft, and he did the same for my The Purer, Brighter Years. He’s proof that great actors aren’t always big stars, and his contribution to the art has been certainly more significant in terms of fostering the craft than some roadhouse tart like Britney Spears. I’m glad to see Jeff’s career getting some recognition, and I wish him the best of luck with his new films.