It's Mr. Rogers' Birthday! 7 Lessons Tom Hanks Learned From Portraying Him

March 20, 2020

It’s hard to imagine Tom Hanks could get any nicer, but even the cuddly pillow of a movie star picked up a few new tricks for spreading joy and kindness from his latest roll as Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

The film dramatizes the meeting between journalist Tom Junod and beloved children’s TV host. To do justice to Fred Rogers, though, Hanks had to embrace aspects of Mr. Rogers’ quiet demeanor and approach into his own life. “I'm trying to learn from him,” Hanks told Ellen DeGeneres.

To celebrate Fred Rogers' birthday (he was born on March 20, 1928), here are some of the valuable lessons Hanks learned on set.

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