Fred Rogers spent his career blending fantasy and reality to bring joy to others. And the cast and crew of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood wanted to honor that legacy as they were making the film. They spoke exclusively to CinemaBlend about how they found opportunities to incorporate his fantasy world, and their own real-life experiences, while on set.
Director Marielle Heller and the film’s crew worked hard to recreate the world Fred Rogers operated in -- including his miniature neighborhood. She told CinemaBlend:
Matthew Rhys plays journalist Lloyd Vogel, who is tasked with interviewing Tom Hanks’ Fred Rogers. And he also felt that real-life inspiration from the beloved TV star helped set the tone during production:
Susan Kelechi Watson plays Lloyd’s wife Angela. She told CinemaBlend that even though she is not a wife or mother, she knew the importance of incorporating real women’s perspectives into her fictional character:
The cast and crew's dedication to recreating Fred Rogers’ world seems to have paid off. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is earning rave reviews from critics and it's now playing in theaters.
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