The veteran actor reveals he suffered numerous injuries during his four-month run in the drama, which chronicles the tense reunion of a man and a younger woman who come face-to-face 15 years after having an illicit sexual affair when she was underage.

"We throw trash around and I've landed on the floor on my kneecap so that hurt for a month," he recalled to WENN. "Once, I grabbed something and my finger bends (sic) back. I had a cut on my finger in the middle of April and it got infected..."

Daniels reveals he ignored the pain until the injury really became a problem: "Then five days later it traveled to my elbow and it was red and huge. The only place it was comfortable was getting it above my head; it was like a knife stuck in there."

He sought treatment from his doctor, who referred him to an orthopaedic surgeon - but despite being warned about the seriousness of the infection, Daniels refused to cancel any performances during his Broadway stint, which wrapped earlier this month (Jun16).

He continued, "They said, 'This is scary. You could be in a hospital if this gets to your heart.' I'm going, 'Well, I got a show tonight so...' He recommended I didn't do that show and asked if I had an understudy. I said, 'Yeah, but he doesn't go on.' I almost passed out twice in the office which was also not a good sign.

"So I asked my other doctor what would be the worst case if I go on and he said, 'If you bump it, you'll scream but you're passing out so drink juice and sugar up.' So I got through the show and occasionally I'd scream!"

However, Jeff claims the throbbing pain actually helped his dramatic performance opposite co-star Michelle Williams - and he believes it helped one Tony Awards voter nominate him for Best Actor In A Play.

"After the show it (his finger) is throbbing and there's a Tony voter crying that she'd never seen anything like it in her life," he mused. "I'm going, 'There's one (vote)!'"

Daniels admits the recognition from Tony officials gave him a big boost onstage, although he frequently tried to play off the fact his performance was being publicly scrutinised by challenging the audience in his head.

"It's nice to get the Tony nominations because that means that people are paying attention to what we're doing. I've been doing this a long time; for 40 years. I know what I'm doing!," he laughed.

"There comes a point where you don't walk on stage and say, 'I can't wait to be judged by you.' Especially in New York, kinda judgmental here! But I've taken this attitude where we come on the stage and think, 'Keep up, pay attention. We don't really give a f**k whether you like us or not. We're here; you just happen to be watching. You're in the room leaning on a window watching us.'"

However, Daniels confesses he liked stepping up to the challenge of winning over the notoriously tough Big Apple crowd with his acting talents.

"I will miss what happens in front of the smartest theatre-going audience in the world, especially when it comes to dramas," he explained. "This is not the Jersey Boys crowd. This is (sic) the people who have seen all the great dramas over the years. They're coming to Blackbird and going, 'Go ahead.' And I love those people because they pay attention and we throw it at them. And we get that crowd to be silent; throughout the play you hear that deafening silence from that crowd and I'll miss that."

Daniels and Williams' Blackbird revival is up for three prizes at Sunday night's (12Jun16) Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

The Dumb and Dumber star will face tough competition in his category as he goes up against Gabriel Byrne (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Frank Langella (The Father), Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III), and Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge), while Williams will do battle with Jessica Lange (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Laurie Metcalf (Misery), Lupita Nyong’o (Eclipsed), and Sophie Okonedo (The Crucible).