Jeff Daniels Says To Kill a Mockingbird Feels Like a Punch in the Face

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The Tony nominee spoke to Stephen Colbert about returning to Aaron Sorkin dialogue, the 2020 presidential election, and more.

Jeff Daniels has a warning for his To Kill a Mockingbird audiences, and the Tony nominee didn't hold back on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week.

“It’s a mixed audience, but there’s a lot of… liberal white America sitting out there. This play is like a right hook to their chin. You watch the movie, you read the book, but you feel the play,” said Daniels on the effect on theatregoers.

Daniels, an Emmy winner for Aaron Sorkins' The Newsroom, said the writer's adaptation of Harper Lee's novel keeps him up until 2 AM at night. “It’s like the Indy 500 up there, because he writes in a way that it flows and it moves and it moves and it moves and even if you’ve done it 300 times, you don’t just go home and turn the lights out.”

Towards the end of his interview with Colbert, Daniels got fired up about the 2020 presidential election. He'll have plenty of time to rile up the democratic base, too, given that Ed Harris is due to take over as Atticus in November.

Watch the entire interview above.

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