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Tom Hanks exudes kindness in new photo for Mister Rogers biopic

Tom Hanks has often been referred to as one of the nicest men in Hollywood – if not the nicest – and so it’s befitting he play the TV personality most associated with warmth and generosity, Mister Rogers. The two-time Oscar winner will play the television icon in the new biopic A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, and in a new photo from the movie Hanks is exuding the amiability Rogers was most known, and all while rocking that classic red sweater.

The photo from the movie directed by CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?’s Marielle Heller was posted by Sony Pictures over the weekend, featuring a quote by Rogers in the caption: “According to Mister Rogers, “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD in theaters Nov 22.

The movie chronicles the friendship of Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod (renamed Lloyd Vogel in the movie), and in the photo, Hank’s Rogers is seen shaking hands with the man, played by Matthew Rhys (THE AMERICANS). This is the second major look at the actor in character since the first photo went up months ago (above), and it's very easy to see why America’s favorite leading man was picked to play the part.

Back when that last photo dropped the movie was slated to come out on October 18 of this year, but the date has since moved back to November 22, right in the heart of Oscar season. Heller has proven a notable talent now that CYEFM has been nominated for several Oscars, including Best Actress (Melissa McCarthy) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant). I think that clout will make A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD one to look out for come next awards season. With some of Hanks’ best work in recent years – SAVING MR. BANKS, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and SULLY – not landing him Best Actor nominations, perhaps this is the one that could land him back in the race in a major way.

Written by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue and also starring Susan Kelechi Watson (THIS IS US, BLACKLIST) and Chris Cooper (AMERICAN BEAUTY), A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is in theaters November 22.

Source: Sony Pictures

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