Comparing Tom Hanks' Performance of Fred Rogers

Monday, November 25, 2019

Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928.

This video is an interview with Fred Rogers on Monday, October 19, 1987. That was the year I graduated from UC Irvine, and I was working part-time at May Company with two other dormmates who also graduated in 1987.

As I listen to him, I compare his personality to Tom Hanks playing Fred Rogers. They have opposite personalities. Fred was shy, quiet, soft, and sedated, while Tom Hanks is quirky, loud, extroverted, and he has a strong personality. That is why I didn’t feel Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers while watching the movie last night.

Fred Rogers died of stomach cancer at 85, in February 2013.

I decided to add a video of Tom Hanks’ interview, where he talks about playing Fred Rogers in Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. This interview was posted on Youtube on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.


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