Jeff Daniels On Updating Atticus Finch: ‘I Hit the Delete Button’ on Gregory Peck

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Jeff Daniels On Updating Atticus Finch: ‘I Hit the Delete Button’ on Gregory Peck
Jeff Daniels is in it for the art, not the awards. That’s why he’s co-hosting two films on Turner Classic Movies this Sunday May 19 with Ben Mankiewicz: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962) and “The Trip to Bountiful” (1985) — both are films written by legendary scribe Horton Foote.

“Why did I want to pay tribute to Horton Foote?” Daniels said. “He’s a great writer. End of story.”

Daniels has earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a play in the role of Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, currently running on Broadway. That Daniels wants to talk about Horton Foote and his screenplay for the 1962 “Mockingbird” film is striking, considering how much Sorkin’s take on the material departs from both the novel and the film. This Atticus Finch has feet of clay — or is at least a tad less godlike than Gregory Peck’s portrayal,
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