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  • Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were attached to direct the movie.
  • Emmy Award winner Jim Emswiller fell from a balcony around 7:30pm on October 12, 2018, during a break in filming in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, authorities say. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital. Emswiller was involved in the sound production of the film. Mount Lebanon police say Emswiller fell over a brick wall on the balcony at an apartment building. A dedication of this movie to Emswiller appears in the closing credits.
  • According to producers, and contrary to early belief, the film is not a biopic of Fred Rogers. Rather, the film centers around journalist Tom Junod (here called Lloyd Vogel) and his experience interviewing Rogers, and the impact it had on him.
  • On Friday, January 25, 2019, Sony Pictures announced that they would be pushing the film's release date back from October 18, 2019 to November 22, 2019.
  • In a scene in the feature film The 'Burbs (1989), Tom Hanks's character Ray Peterson is watching a television episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). Thirty years later, Hanks would go on to portray Fred Rogers in this feature film.
  • Fred Rogers' widow, Joanne Rogers, has stated that Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to play her late husband.
  • Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys previously starred together in The Post (2017).
  • Marielle Heller is longtime friends with Tom Hanks' son Colin, and met the former at a birthday party in which she pitched him the project. Heller claimed that access was fortunate because Hanks had put out the word through his agency that he wanted a break from playing real-life people and to not send him those scripts.
  • This is the ninth film where Tom Hanks has portrayed a real life person.
  • The title of the film is A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, while in the lyrics for the song during the opening Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) are, "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood...". This was likely an intentional decision and not a misquote.
  • During the TIFF post-film panel, Tom Hanks mentions how he wishes he and his son (Colin Hanks) at 3 years old watched a half hour of Mr. Rogers a week so he could learn that it is okay to be sad. Hanks feels children don't learn the importance of expressing emotions from a young age and Mr. Rogers did an excellent job explaining this.
  • The writers said the film took so long to be made because they worked with the estate tirelessly to ensure the accuracy of the film. They were given access to the archives to ensure it was "right". "Once we found Mari [Marielle Heller] it happened", they mentioned, feeling she was the final piece of the puzzle.
  • Tom Hanks revealed he first heard about the film 10 years ago, and that he read the script 8 years ago.
  • Tom Hanks's son, Colin Hanks, previously played Mr. Rogers in an episode of Drunk History (2013), dramatizing the time Rogers spoke before a Senate Committee to defend federal funding for PBS: Underdogs (2018).
  • The puppets used in the film are not the originals but instead are meticulous recreations by the puppet makers for Sesame Street (1969). The director confirmed this during the 2019 London Film Festival.
  • This movie is based on the article "Can You Say...'Hero'?" by Tom Junod, which was published in the November 1, 1998, issue of Esquire Magazine. In 2019, before the release of this film, Junod wrote an article in The Atlantic that was partly about this process. It started, "A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him. He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my friend, and our friendship endured until he died. Now a movie has been made from the story I wrote about him, which is to say "inspired by" the story I wrote about him, which is to say that in the movie my name is Lloyd Vogel and I get into a fistfight with my father at my sister's wedding. I did not get into a fistfight with my father at my sister's wedding. My sister didn't have a wedding."
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) started on WQED in Pittsburgh as "Children's Corner," with the host being Josie Carey. Fred Rogers was the producer. The show already had King Friday XIII and several other of the well-known characters. Ms. Carey wrote several major song lyrics including the then-well known "Good Night, God," to end the show. The show targeted very young children (3-4), offering membership in the "Tame Tiger" organization. A tiger outline was available by mail; kids could fill in a stripe for every good deed they did. When Josie Carey left the show to get married, Fred Rogers took over the lead role and "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" was born, with largely the same puppet characters, but targeting a slightly older, but still preschool, audience (4-6).
  • Days before the film premiered, Ancestry confirmed Tom Hanks and Fred Rogers are actually sixth-cousins.
  • The film's cast includes three Oscar winners: Tom Hanks, Chris Cooper, and Christine Lahti.
  • (Cameo) Joanne Rogers, David Newell, Margaret Whitmer, Bill Isler: Fred Rogers' widow, the actor who played Mr. McFeely, a producer of the show, and the CEO of the Fred Rogers Company all appear in the scene in the Chinese restaurant.
  • Mr. McFeely was an actual character in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), famous for his catchphrase, "Speedy Delivery". In Cast Away (2000),Tom Hanks played a character concerned with the speed of deliveries with FedEx.
  • Every location change in the movie was depicted with a scaled down model of each place, much like in an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) whenever Mr. Rogers himself goes from his house to another location.
  • Lloyd's brother-in-law asking Mr. Rogers about what rifle he used was based on an internet urban legend that Rogers fought in the Vietnam war.
  • Tom Hanks was given Fred Rogers' ties to wear by his wife Joanne.
  • During production, Marielle Heller insisted on the cast and crew working "French hours" (an industry term which means a 10-hour day without a break for lunch). She did this so she would be able to get home in time to get her son to sleep. She also did this out of respect to Fred Rogers, since she believed he would not want the cast and crew overworked to a point where they could not spend time with their families.
  • In an interview on CBS This Morning (1992), Tom Hanks described playing Fred Rogers as "terrifying" due to Rogers' immense cultural and social influence. He credited Joanne Rogers, who served as a consultant on the film, with helping him to craft an honest and believable representation of her late husband. Joanne also gave Hanks several of Fred's neckties which Hanks wore in the film.
  • Actors Tom Hanks and Chris Cooper share the same birthday (July 9).
  • In Mr. Rogers' house in the show there is a painting on the wall. When Lloyd goes to Fred Rogers' "real" house, this same painting is on the wall, albeit slightly bigger.
  • The tent scene, including Mr. Rogers eventually getting frustrated with the tent, is based on an actual scene that was filmed for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968). Clips of the scene were shown during the Fred Rogers interview in Episode #1.11 (1982).
  • Released the year after the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018), which featured interviews with Tom Junod whose story inspired this film. Both films were first released in film festivals and garnered numerous award nominations.
  • In Lloyd's dream sequence in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" where Lloyd has the "Old Rabbit" ears and meets "X" the Owl (in his brief cameo), King Friday XIII, Daniel and Lady Aberlin, Mr. Rogers appears himself. In the original "Neighborhood"-episodes, while playing the puppet characters there, Mr. Rogers never actually visited the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" as himself and only sent the Neighborhood-Trolley there and appeared only after the segment in his house.
  • Fred Rogers was known to be extremely difficult to interview because he cared more about the person interviewing him than he did being interviewed, and would often use the time to befriend the person interviewing him.
  • In loving memory of Jim Emswiller.
  • This production participated in the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development's Post Production Credit Program.
  • This production was made possible with the support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and its whole-owned film divisions did not receive any payment or other consideration for the depiction of tobacco products in this film.
  • Third time Tom Hanks has played a distant cousin of his. He also is distantly related to Walt Disney who he played in Saving Mr. Banks and also Ben Bradlee who he played in the movie The Post.
  • Tom Hanks claimed that the hardest part about playing Fred Rogers was slowing down his speaking tempo, and he would do meditation and relaxation exercises before filming to get in the right mood. Between takes he would resume rapid fire patter and drink lots of coffee.
  • While this movie is based on the real show, it uses the wrong terminology in the title. It should be "A Beautiful Day in this Neighborhood", rather than "in the Neighborhood", which he says in the theme song.
  • Matthew Rhys, who plays journalist Lloyd Vogel, has called actress Sally Field his best friend and mentor. Co-star Tom Hanks played Sally Field's son in his Oscar winning role, Forrest Gump.
  • The relatively small cast includes three Oscar winners. Christine Lahti for Best Short Film, Live Action (1996), Chris Cooper for supporting actor (2003) and Tom Hanks is a back to back winner as best actor in a leading role (1994 and 1995).
  • The first scene of the movie is based on the episode 1506 1506: Friends (1982) from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) from 1982, which started with Mr. Rogers showing the viewers a picture board and talking about friends. However the picture board used in the original show looked different. Besides Lady Aberlin, Mr. McFeely and it also had pictures of Police Officer Clemmons, Music Shop owner Joe Negri, Cleaning Lady Audrey Roth and workshop operator Bob Trow. In this episode Mr. Rogers introduced his friend and shoe salesman Buzz Wagner (who was behind the central door on the picture board) and his son Greg.
  • The final scene at "Jerry's" home in 1998 shows a 2006 Jeep Liberty in the background. The cameraman pans off the vehicle as if knowing the blocking was slightly off.
  • Emmy winner James Emswiller fell from a balcony around 7.30pm Thursday during a break in filming in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, authorities say. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital. Emswiller was involved in the sound production of the film. Mount Lebanon police say Emswiller fell over a brick wall on the balcony at an apartment building.
  • Tom Hanks claimed he and Marielle Heller attended the documentary on Fred Rodgers Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018) while developing this movie, and admitted to being so impressed that afterwards he turned to Heller and asked, "Is there a reason to make our movie?"

Spoilers

  • Archival footage of Mr. Rogers on famous talk shows was edited with swapping in Tom Hanks instead. This also occurred in Forrest Gump (1994) with adding Gump to specific historical scenes.
  • Director Marielle Heller said during the 2019 London Film Festival that Hanks' extended look at the camera in the restaurant scene was the first artistic decision she made on the film. The script had this down as just a moment, where you could not be certain if he was looking at the audience. Heller prolonged this, making sure viewers knew he's looking at you.
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