Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Enrico Colantoni, Maryann Plunkett, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Sakina Jaffrey, Carmen Cusack, Noah Harpster, Maddie Corman
Bio-drama directed by Marielle Heller. Based on a true story in which an award-winning cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), begrudgingly accepts an assignment profiling the beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency, and finds his perspective on life transformed.
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Ellen: We’re doing an issue on inspirational people.
Lloyd Vogel: Who?
Ellen: Mr. Rogers. The beloved children’s television host.
Lloyd Vogel: You hired me as an investigative journalist. I don’t do puff pieces.
Ellen: Four hundred words. Play nice.
Andrea Vogel: You okay?
Lloyd Vogel: I’m profiling Mr. Rogers.
Andrea Vogel: Lloyd, please don’t ruin my childhood.
Bill Isler: I insisted he read you before we agreed.
Lloyd Vogel: And, did he?
Bill Isler: Every article we could find.
Lloyd Vogel: Hey, I’m looking for Fred Rogers.
Bill Isler: In here.
[as they enter the studio, we see Rogers singing his show’s intro]
Fred Rogers: It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mind? Could you be mine? Please won’t you be my neighbor. Hello, neighbor.
1st AD: Roll sound. Daniel, are you set?
[doing the puppets voice]
Fred Rogers: I’m set.
1st AD: Thank you, Daniel.
[as they watch behind the scenes]
Lloyd Vogel: Did she just talk to the puppet?
Bill Isler: Please stop talking.
Lloyd Vogel: Mr. Rogers, I’m here to interview you.
Fred Rogers: It is so nice to meet you.
Lloyd Vogel: This will be a piece for an issue about heroes. Do you consider yourself a hero?
Fred Rogers: Not at all.
Lloyd Vogel: All these people line up to tell you their problems. That would be an internal burden on you.
Fred Rogers: Sometimes we have to ask for help, and that’s okay.
Fred Rogers: We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.
Lloyd Vogel: Yeah, like what?
Fred Rogers: There are many things you can do. You can play all the lowest keys on a piano at the same time.
[imitates hitting the piano keys]
Fred Rogers: Bong!
[on the subway]
Mr. Rogers Fans: Hey, Mr. Rogers.
[they start singing]
Mr. Rogers Fans: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor.
[everyone on the subway cart starts joining in]
Mr. Rogers Fans: Please won’t you be my neighbor.
Fred Rogers: That was wonderful.
Lloyd Vogel: He’s just about the nicest person I’ve ever met. I just don’t know if he’s for real.
Lloyd Vogel: You love broken people like me.
Fred Rogers: I don’t think you are broken.
Fred Rogers: I think the best thing we can do is to let people know that each one of them is precious.
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