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Tom Hanks shares the 'Mister Rogers' moment that made him 'bawl' and inspired him to play the character


This November 22, Tom Hanks is set to play everyone's favorite childhood hero, Mister Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The film stars Matthew Rhys as a character based on Esquire journalist Tom Junod, who is assigned to profile beloved television icon, Fred Rogers. While Rhys' character is initially hesitant, his life is changed by the encounter. 

And surprisingly, the film's character isn't the only person who was initially hesitant when it came to Mr. Rogers. Tom Hanks recently spoke to the press at the Toronto International Film Festival about his new role and revealed that he wasn't much of a Mister Rogers fan growing up.