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Jeff Daniels' Secret Alter Ego: Redneck Trucker

Jeff Daniels RV - H 2013
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Jeff Daniels

The "Newsroom" star drove 2,000 miles from his Michigan home to L.A. in his silver 42-foot recreational vehicle, he tells THR: "I don't think you can call yourself a real American till you've been behind the wheel of an RV."

This story first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Jeff Daniels has been a Woody Allen heartthrob, a leading man and now a whip-smart news anchor on HBO's Aaron Sorkin wordfest The Newsroom. But in his heart, he's a redneck trucker.

Instead of flying from his home in Michigan to L.A. for the July 10 Newsroom premiere, he drove more than 2,000 miles in his silver 42-foot RV, a vehicle in which he regularly goes back and forth for Newsroom shoots.

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It makes sense: He starred in the 2006 comedy RV and did a 2010 RV tour of Michigan, playing guitar and belting country songs that he writes but doesn't record. Yes, there's one called "RV Song." "I don't think you can call yourself a real American till you've been behind the wheel of an RV," is how Daniels looks at it.