Tom Hanks admits he passed on the role of Mr. Rogers at first.
The actor told “Today” he credits the director of the film, Marielle Heller, for convincing him to star in “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.” "She told me that she was not interested in any kind of editorial comment on who Mister Rogers was nor did she want an imitation of Mister Rogers' physicality or presentation.”
He added “she said essentially you will get a wig and we'll do something with your eyebrows and all the rest is gonna be up to you.” The movie is a look at children’s TV hero Fred Rogers. It opens this weekend (11/22).
It's not often you find out that you are related to an icon. Especially if you're a Hollywood icon yourself. Tom Hanks just found out he is actually related to Fred Rogers, who played Mister Rogers on the classic children's TV show.
It seems that the two are sixth cousins, Ancestry.com discovered. “It all just comes together, you see,” Tom said of the news.
What makes this even crazier is the fact that Tom is playing Mister Rogers in the upcoming film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” He says he didn’t know they were related when he took the role.
Ancestry figured out the two are sixth cousins, and their common ancestor was Johannes Meffert. Their subsequent ancestors had the last name of Mefford.
Tom and Rita Wilson, his wife, couldn’t believe the news.