Tom Hanks didn’t want to be Mr. Rogers. Then he met Marielle


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A female director. Great! But not good enough. Why did they have to cast a white man as Mr. Rogers? Hollywood still has a long ways to go!

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Tom Hanks Finds Out He's Related to Mr. Rogers After Filming 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'


They say that everyone's separated by six degrees of separation. This statement is very literal for 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' star Tom Hanks. After playing Fred Rogers, ancestry.com revealed that Rogers and Hanks are actually related.

"Fred Rogers and Tom Hanks are sixth cousins sharing the same 5x great-grandfather, Johannes Mefford, who immigrated from Germany to America in the 18th century. Johannes raised a family of patriots; three of his sons (including Tom Hanks’ and Fred Rogers’s ancestors) served in the Revolutionary War," the genealogy site detailed in a statement," Ancestry.com sited.

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Why did they have to cast a white man as Mr. Rogers? Hollywood still has a long ways to go!

Umm, because Mr Rogers was white? Now if Hanks was portraying Jesse Jackson, you would have a valid point, but I don't see any reason to complain here.

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Nicky, ever heard of irony? In the case of commanteer, it was misplaced because it didn't make any sense.

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@commanteer that was a stellar comment. Do not be discouraged.

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Fred Rogers is a personal hero of mine. A true saint and I was lucky to grow up with him on the TV. I hope Tom Hanks did him justice and I suspect he did.

Also it is fitting that Marielle Heller should direct this after writing A Diary of a Teenage Girl. There was truth in there about young people's lives that needed to be heard and accepted, just as Fred Rogers also spread such truth about young people especially children, to them directly and also to adults who need the lesson.

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