Jeff Daniels Reveals His Agents Didn't Want Him to Make Dumb and Dumber with Jim Carrey | 5/23/2019 | Staff
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Jeff Daniels is celebrated for his dramatic performances as a Western outlaw in Godless, a counter-terrorism expert in The Looming Tower, a brazen news anchor in The Newsroom, and currently as lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. But sometimes, Daniels just wants a laugh.

So in 2013, after winning his first Emmy for his starring role on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, the actor jumped right into filming something a little, well, dumber.

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“I won the Emmy for the first season of Newsroom on Sunday night and was on the set of Dumb and Dumber To in Georgia on Tuesday morning [for the] first day of shooting,” Daniels, 64, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

As he reveals to PEOPLE, Daniels’ agents weren’t thrilled at first about his choice to join Jim Carrey in the 1994 original, and advised him against originally taking the role.

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