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How Jeff Daniels Convinced Aaron Sorkin He Could Play Will McAvoy On 'The Newsroom'

It took one very lively meeting to convince Sorkin to take the plunge.

Aaron Sorkin had a few reservations before casting Jeff Daniels as the principal character in his HBO show "The Newsroom." So with the role of anchor Will McAvoy on the line, the "Steve Jobs" star went above and beyond to prove his acting chops to the show's creator.

"Aaron had wanted to make sure that I could get angry enough, like McAvoy and just snap. He hadn't seen me do that," he told HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. "We had a breakfast meeting in New York, and he said 'That's my only reservation.' He was very honest about it, and rightfully so. I really hadn't been asked to do that."

Then, without a warning, Daniels got into character.

"I really kind of did it there in the breakfast meeting in the middle of the hotel and told a story where I started banging on the table," he recalled. "And people are looking up from their eggs going, 'What's the actor upset about?' And [I said,] 'I'm just auditioning!' And I ended up getting it by the end of the breakfast meeting."

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