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Jeff Daniels on how he landed ‘Dumb and Dumber’

When Jeff Daniels first auditioned for “Dumb and Dumber,” everyone told him he couldn’t do the film.

“You cannot do this movie, it will ruin your career, you’re a serious important actor,” people told him.

Yet he found himself on set, taking snowballs to the head, licking cold street light poles and doing the other slapstick stunts that helped the movie franchise become a cult favorite.

Daniels and Peter Sarsgaard recently sat down with the PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown to talk about their roles in the new Hulu dramatic series “The Looming Tower,” based on the Pulitzer-prize-winning book of the same name.

They also spoke about the differences between dramatic and comedic acting, and shared what they’ve been watching or reading lately.

For Sarsgaard, it’s a 1970 Joan Didion novel “Play It As It Lays,” about a woman chewed up and spit out by Hollywood. “Even if you’ve read it, to go back and read it now — it’s very interesting,” Sarsgaard said.

For Jeff Daniels, it’s the Tru TV show “Impractical Jokers,” a hidden camera show that’s exactly what it sounds like. “If you’re a fan of ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ and I am, these four guys from Long Island crack me up,” Daniels said.

Watch the interview in the player above.

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