JEFF DANIELS

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The Emmy-win­ning ac­tor for HBO’s The News­room, 62, sad­dles up for the new Net­flix Western se­ries God­less, pre­mier­ing Nov. 22. He plays out­law Frank Grif­fin, who leads his gang of des­per­a­dos seek­ing re­venge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Con­nell), a son-like pro­tégé who be­trayed him.

Tell us about Frank. He’s ob­sessed with Roy and the be­trayal; he will not let go un­til it’s re­solved. It be­comes his life’s mis­sion. Roy’s his white whale.

In the first episode, Frank loses his arm. Did that pro­vide a chal­lenge for you as an ac­tor? You tuck it in and get used to it, but with the rid­ing, there’s a bal­ance that fa­vors the right side be­cause you have only a right arm, so that’s where you no­tice it.

In God­less, we see the big roles that women played in the West. The strength it took to be a woman on the prairie in the 1880s—Michelle Dock­ery [Down­ton Abbey’s Lady Mary] gets to play that. The women weren’t just sit­ting on the porch in a ging­ham skirt. They had to pick up a gun, de­fend the fam­ily and do all the things that the men did.

You’re on a mu­si­cal tour with your son Ben. What’s that col­lab­o­ra­tion like? Arthur Miller said, “I look for­ward to see­ing what my work in­spires in oth­ers,” and that’s what it’s like work­ing with Ben and his band, who are do­ing what they think my songs need.

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