Writer-director Jeff Daniels also stars in this offbeat comedy about a family of hunting enthusiasts in backwoods Michigan. The pressure is on for 43-year-old Rueben: If he doesn’t bag a buck this year, he’ll be the Soady clan’s biggest failure. Rueben thinks that adopting some new rituals — such as anointing himself with porcupine urine — may change his luck, but all they seem to do is set off a string of eerie supernatural events.
Though he has never achieved the high profile or widespread acclaim of a Robert De Niro, Jeff Daniels ranks as one of Hollywood’s most versatile leading men and over his career he has played everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and lovably goofy idiots, in movies of almost every genre. Daniels has also worked extensively on television and stage, where he first distinguished himself by winning an Obie for a production of Johnny Got His Gun.
Blonde, cleft-chinned, and handsome in a rugged all-American way, Daniels made his screen debut playing PC O’Donnell in Milos Forman’s Ragtime (1981). His breakthrough came when he was cast as Debra Winger’s inconstant husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). Daniels has subsequently averaged one or two major feature films per year with notable performances, including: his memorable dual portrayal of a gallant movie hero/self-absorbed star who steps out of celluloid to steal the heart of lonely housewife… read more