Because Jeff Daniels seems to be a fundamentally decent human being, it feels gauche to mention that hes most famous for depicting a loose-boweled, snot-streaked imbecile who trades cane blows with Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. (Beware, kiddies: You never know what of your work will enthrall people and hold you captive.) He has generally played The Other Guy across from bigger names Keanu Reeves in Speed, George Clooney in Good Night, and Good Luck but his leading turn in the small, heartfelt The Squid and the Whale speaks more to his singer-songwriting sensibilities, which evoke the grateful awe of a lesser mortal on a big stage. Take his Dirty Harry Blues, for instance, which he penned after Clint Eastwood blew him away in the climax of Blood Work. Its a veritable fanboy tribute, written by an actor who was at the time approaching 50: My dream came true out in Hollywood / When I got killed by Clint Eastwood. See a famous actor turn earnest musician when Daniels strums at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Broward Centers box office, which you can call at 954-462-0222, or find online at browardcenter.org.
Fri., Jan. 14, 8:30 p.m., 2011