PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Jeff Daniels

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Jeff Daniels — who co-stars in Broadway's God of Carnage — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels


Full given name: Jeff Daniels
Hometown: Chelsea, MI
Special skills: Acoustic guitar
First Broadway show ever saw: Can't remember prior to coming to NYC, but in 1976 I remember second acting it for John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson in Pinter's No Man's Land.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Cocoanuts by George S. Kaufman. Music by Irving Berlin. Starring The Marx Brothers.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Heroes at the Clurman Theatre. Jonathan Hogan, my old friend from Circle Rep, is in that show.
Favorite show tune: "Reviewing the Situation" from Oliver! I played Fagin in high school and was bitten by the acting bug performing that number.
Most played song on your iPod: "Big Shaky" by Kelly Joe Phelps
One CD you couldn't live without: Elton John's "11-17-70"
Last book you read: "American Rust" by Philipp Meyer
Must-see TV show: Any baseball game featuring the Detroit Tigers.
Last good movie you saw: "The Reader"
Favorite card game: Euchre
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Peter Sellers
Pop culture guilty pleasure: The iPhone App Store
First stage kiss: William Hurt in Fifth of July
Favorite post-show meal: Grilled Octopus Salad at Kefi's on Columbus Ave.
How you got your Equity card: Cast in Circle Rep's The Farm in 1976.
Worst onstage mishap: With no rehearsal, Christopher Reeve went on for William Hurt in Corinne Jacker's My Life. Before the show, I told Chris to "go ahead and slap me in Act 2, I'll make sure I get out of the way." I wasn't quick enough. A one-punch knockout.
Worst costume ever: The dog suit in "Dumb & Dumber."
Cats or dogs? Dogs. Two Australian Shepherds.
Favorite cereal: Oatmeal w/ raspberries.
Who would play you in the movie? Gerard Depardieu.
Worst job you ever had: In 1976 I toasted Whopper buns in the kitchen of a Lexington Avenue Burger King for four hours.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Spokesperson for the State of Michigan's Upper Hand Campaign
Leading man role you've been dying to play I've already played it; Tom Baxter & Gil Shepherd in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
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