DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Tom Hanks never saw "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" until very recently? Yes, the veteran actor has landed the important role of Mr. Fred Rogers in the movie 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'. Thus, it comes quite surprising that he has just recently viewed the show. The long-running American educational children's television series debuted in 1962 and run until 2001. The creator of the show? - Mr. Fred Rogers himself, who Hanks portrays for the soon-to-be-released drama film. Mr. Hanks', however, recalls seeing a clip of the show in 1981 when a friend showed it to him. This clip of Mr. Rogers singing on the show with a handicapped boy got him so touched that he almost cried. This as one of the moments that made him decide to accept this important role for the film.
Fred Rogers’ impact goes beyond what he did on television. For one thing, he developed strong backgrounds in several fields. This ranges from music composition, TV production, ministry, and up to lifelong studies in Child Development. Rogers was able to tie all those elements together. His greatest contribution is that he was able to translate complicated child development theories into easy to understand messages. What Rogers has done affirms why Tom Hanks feels blessed to play the part for the movie. Though the flick is some sort of a biopic, screenwriters Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster want to showcase Rogers' endearing personality and positive attitude effectively. For an actor of Tom Hank's status and caliber, accomplishing the screenwriter's goal is very much at hand.