Sony Pictures’ upcoming film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday where lead actor Tom Hanks and the cast spoke of Fred Rogers’ life and how he impacted them.
The film is based on an article written by journalist Tom Junod, who formed a friendship with Rogers while writing a profile on his life and work. The movie details how their friendship evolved after their first encounter.
Hanks, an Academy Award-winning actor, greeted fans at the premiere by singing the unforgettable theme song of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The show ran on a number of networks in the U.S. and Canada from 1968 to 2001.
While on the red carpet, Hanks, who plays Rogers in the feature film, said of the late TV icon: “There’s nobody in media, there’s nobody in television, there’s nobody in the consciousness that didn’t already have an understanding as well as an opinion of Mr. Rogers.”
He also commended Rogers for his honesty, telling Sony Pictures, “He just wanted to make little kids, little human beings, feel safe even if they didn’t have all of the answers.”
When asked about what he personally took away from the role, Hanks replied, “I think what I learned is that you can somehow choose an authentic life.”
Rogers worked in television for more than 30 years after graduating college. The only breaks he took from working in television were times he devoted to his Christian faith.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law