Tom Hanks says that the increasing level of cynicism in society is partly what made him take on the role of a beloved child entertainer.
The actor plays Fred Rogers in his new movie ̵
"Cynicism has become the default position for so much daily structure and daily contact," Hanks told reporters.
Why? Because it's easy and there is good money to make. " He added:" Cynicism is a great product to sell and is the perfect start to any exploration of anything. And part of that is conspiracy theories and what you have.
"But I think when Fred Rogers first saw children's programming, he saw something cynical and why would you put something cynical in front of a two or three year old kid? You're not cool because you don't have this toy? It's ridiculous to see
"It's a cynical attitude to the public, and we are so sure that when we are greeted with a simple message like" Hello, you know what, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! " We are allowed to feel good, there is room for cynicism, but why stop you want to see him right off the bat? "
One fine day in the neighborhood serves as the title of a movie about Rogers, directed by Mariel Heller – well known for the Oscar nominee Can You Forgive Me?
Heller explained that since Mr. Rogers (as he was known) had such little conflict in his life, he was not an obvious movie hero and his career alone would not have served as a strong enough story.
Instead, one fine day in the neighborhood follows the relationship between Mr. Rogers and a journalist for Esquire magazine, who wrote a profile of the entertainer in 1998.
The journalist who wrote the original piece, Tom Junod, owned by the trade exactly with the kind of cynical person Hanks refers to. But when he met Mr Rogers, he found himself more sophisticated than he expected.
Through a series of meetings, he and Mr. Rogers developed a friendship. The entertainer earned Junod with his seemingly relentless kindness and empathy, helping him to explore his own problems and find a deeper appreciation for life.
Honestly, this is an exceptional movie – one of the most watched so far in the Toronto movie
"Mariel Heller is distinguished by pulling the core from solid foundations, inserting intelligent and insightful details into material that would easily could become sentimentality, "writes Eric Cohn on IndieWire.
"Hanks is not only good – he transports," Owen Gleberman added to Variety. "He takes Mr. Rogers' legendary manners and owns them, using them as a conduit to the disarming inner spirit of Rogers. He makes you believe in this all-too-kind word … [the film] is a soft-hearted fable that works
The Hollywood reporter was more skeptical: "This is a sympathetic yet completely predictable trajectory of turning a believer into an angry, cynical journalist. Still, the lure of the Hanks / Rogers coincidence seems to be promotes some reasonable trade returns Nia. "
scenario for a wonderful day in the neighborhood floats around Hollywood for some time before production begins.
Hanks even transferred the role several times, but then ended with his words yes after the director Mariel Heller joined the project.
The couple was looking to work on a movie together for a while, and Hanks said he felt he was the right person to portray him on screen.
Matthew Rhys, who plays the journalist, said the film was exposed to a vulnerability that kept men in particular hidden beneath the surface.
"Mariel is talking about giving men as a whole a bigger emotional vocabulary or working to articulate their emotions, and not just men at large, I think society as a whole will benefit from that," he said .
"And I think it was instantly relatable that someone so desperately wanted to be seen, but hid behind that castle he built for himself. I think it is a message of hope."
Mr Rogers, who died in 2003, is not well known in many international territories, however, in the same way as he is in the United States.
Therefore, while a Tom Hanks movie can usually be expected to attract the public to the cinema, distributors may have a hand in it to market it in some international territories.
But when it reaches cinemas in the UK, the awards season it generates may be enough to carry it to box office success.