Jeff Daniels at the Premiere of HBO's 'The Newsroom' Season 2 on July 10, 2013Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

What would you do if you accidentally abandoned your spouse at a highway rest stop? For Jeff Daniels, the answer is beg for forgiveness -- and then sheepishly recount the incident decades later on national television.

Daniels told his tale on "The Tonight Show" Monday night after some prodding from host Jay Leno, who said another actor related the story to him. Daniels confirmed that the story was indeed true, and said the incident occurred years ago during a family trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Daniels was driving a rental RV and was extremely tense -- "I'm driving a building," he said -- and pulled over into a rest stop in Pennsylvania to take a breather. After a short, less-than-restful stop, he piled everyone back into the RV and took off.

But he forgot one important passenger, and needless to say, Daniels's wife, Kathleen Treado, was less than thrilled to be left behind. Once the family was reunited, she had some choice words for her husband.

"I get back in and she's going off and ranting," the actor recalled, "and she just says, 'It seems to me that the casting for 'Dumb and Dumber' was appropriate.'"

For more from Daniels -- including his run-in with a fan who mistook him for a similarly named actor -- check out the following clip.

[via TheWrap]
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