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Tom Hanks Wants Us To Be His Neighbor And I’m Crying

“There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” – Fred Rogers

That’s something we all need to hear every once in a while and it’s doubtful anyone was more equipped to say it than Fred Rogers. Bruno Mars tried but then he got dragged for it because Twitter is a hellscape. Yesterday, however, it was full of love for Mr. Rogers. Probably hella dong pics too but we’re gonna focus on Mr. Rogers.

Tom Hanks will be portraying Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” which is set to release this Thanksgiving. The trailer dropped July 22 and people had feelings. Give it a watch and try not to get a little misty-eyed.

It’s nice to see Tom Hanks portray a cosmic force for all that is good. The movie looks like it won’t have much in the way of conflict (a lot of folks expected the famous impassioned speech to save public television to make an appearance) and director Marielle Heller has made it abundantly clear that the film is not a biopic. Rather, it’s going to share the story of Rogers’ friendship with Tom Junod, the journalist who wrote a 1998 profile of Rogers for Esquire titled “Can You Say…Hero?” It’s a very good read and I encourage you to be well hydrated if you plan to go back to back from the trailer to the article.

This isn’t a biography of the man, you know that story. He encouraged people to be helpers, to love one another, and to generally not be scumbags. Watching him on PBS, and on old tapes my mother had stored away for us (my mom kicks ass), Mr. Rogers was one of the first people I can remember telling me that I was just fine the way I am. For a weird kid who was wildly uncomfortable in his own skin, that was huge. That’s not an uncommon story, certainly. Much like my super dope mom, Mr. Rogers rules.

There’s never a bad time for a reminder to be good to one another and ourselves. Daniel Tiger has been doing his best to remind us of that but, sometimes, you have to refer to the OG.   

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

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