Times A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Lied To You

Times A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Lied To You

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood explores
the life of Fred Rogers, known to generations of TV viewers as host of the long-running
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. But it’s not exactly accurate. Here are all the times A Beautiful Day in
the Neighborhood lied to you. Probably the biggest factual fallacy in A
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood concerns journalist Lloyd Vogel, played by Matthew
Rhys. There is no such person. The film is based on a 1998 Esquire article
called “Can You Say…Hero?,” by Tom Junod . Screenwriters exaggerated or straight-up
invented so many character and story elements that Junod asked the makers of A Beautiful
Day in the Neighborhood to give the character based on him a different name. For example, the filmmakers exaggerated the
character’s initial nastiness. In the film, Vogel’s editor assigns him a
profile on Mister Rogers to challenge him to be a little softer because he’s so tough
on his subjects. “I’m profiling Mr. Rogers.” “Oh, God, Lloyd, please. Don’t ruin my childhood.” Junod, it would seem, was never such a dark-minded
“gotcha” guy. Junod wrote in The Atlantic: “I was assigned the story about Fred because
one of the editors at Esquire thought it would be amusing to have me, with my stated determination
to ‘say the unsayable,’ write about the nicest man in the world.” While it boasts an enchanting backdrop of
an attempt to understand the inscrutably good-hearted Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, A Beautiful
Day in the Neighborhood is really a movie about daddy issues. As the film starts, Vogel has just welcomed
a newborn baby boy with his wife, Andrea. Vogel bristles just a bit at being a family
man, and soon viewers discover why: He hates his father because he cheated on Lloyd’s dying
mother, then abandoned the family. Lloyd has a discomfort over being a father
himself. Rogers soon helps him forgive and reconcile
with his dying father before it’s too late. This doesn’t imitate the reality of Tom Junod. When he met Rogers, his wife, Janet, had not
just given birth to a baby boy. The couple was childless, and it was Junod’s
conversations with Rogers that helped him believe in himself enough to fully pursue
the adoption of a baby daughter. Likewise, Junod’s real father, Lou, only resembled
the movie character in the broadest sense. Junod was never estranged from his dad, though
they did have some bumps in their relationship: “My father was a complicated guy. And not all, not everything that he taught
was really valuable to me, or really even good for me.” Junod clarified one particular detail in The
Atlantic, writing: “I did not get into a fistfight with my father
at my sister’s wedding. My sister didn’t have a wedding.” One of the more powerful moments of A Beautiful
Day in the Neighborhood occurs when Fred Rogers goes to visit Lloyd’s father, Jerry, as the
man lies dying. It shows the tumultuous relationship between
father and son thawing, and it also demonstrates the kindness and selflessness of Mister Rogers. While the emotional resonance may be real,
Rogers never visited Lou Junod on his deathbed. But there’s a line from this scene that is
seeded in fact. Rogers asks Jerry to pray for him, and when
Jerry asks why, Rogers says, “Someone who is suffering that much must be
very close to God.” This is more or less what the real Rogers
once told to a young boy he once met that was coping with cerebral palsy, an event that
Rogers recalls to Tom Junod in the Esquire article on which this movie was based. A major turning point comes when Lloyd sits
in a restaurant interviewing Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers implores Lloyd to take a reflective
moment of silence, 10 seconds, actually, “to think of the people who have loved us into
being.” This is a moment that Rogers made happen,
and even in public, but it didn’t occur in the context in which it was presented in the
film. In 1997, Rogers was presented a lifetime achievement
award at the 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards. After thanking the assembled throng of TV
industry professionals, most of whom had risen to their feet in thunderous applause of their
beloved colleague, Rogers called for a moment of quiet. He said: “All of us have special ones who have loved
us into being. Would you just take, along with me, 10 seconds
to think of the people who have helped you become who you are?” A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not
the life story of Mister Rogers. It’s more about the effect of his goodness
and thoughtfulness on one man, and its target audience of adults who grew up watching Mister
Rogers’ Neighborhood. One such defining moment occurs when Lloyd
Vogel attends a taping of a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episode. Rogers tries to assemble a pup tent in the
yard part of his soundstage home. Try as he might, he can’t get the thing to
cooperate. When asked if he wanted to try again with
a new take, Rogers refused, saying that it was important to show kids watching at home
that sometimes things don’t go as planned, even for adults. “Somebody said to me, ‘Why don’t you throw
something on your program?’ and, you know, that would be more for them than for me.” Mister Rogers did fail to erect a tent on
the set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, but he did it in 1975, more than 20 years before
Tom Junod wrote the article upon which the film is based. For his unwavering commitment to kindness,
goodness, and devotion to children, Fred Rogers is something of a secular saint, worshiped
like he’s superhuman. In the film, when Lloyd Vogel comments on
Rogers’ saintliness, his wife, Joanne Rogers, gently chides him, saying that if people think
of Rogers, quote, “as a saint, then his message is unattainable.” She makes a good point about considering his
humanity, perhaps Mister Rogers’ secret point all along, while also hinting at an aspect
of Rogers’ life the film mostly overlooks. Rogers was a devoutly religious man. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister,
and his Christian faith informed his personality, on-screen persona, and the message of his
show. He was a secular saint with a secular TV show
and a religious message. It’s kind of weird that the movie about him
doesn’t make more of a point of it. “Jesus said to the people around him, ‘Please,
let the little children come up here. I want to learn from them.'” It’s evident through the movie and the original
Esquire article that the gentle TV character of Mister Rogers is largely one and the same
with the real Fred Rogers. How gentle was the guy? As Joanne Rogers tells Lloyd Vogel in A Beautiful
Day in the Neighborhood, he was loathe to hurt animals. The real-life Rogers adopted a vegetarian
lifestyle back in the 1970s, when eschewing meat was a radical, hippie kind of thing to
do. His quippy, affecting justification for not
eating animals, as he says in the movie to Vogel, is that he refused to, quote, “eat
anything that has a mother.” The real Rogers was known to say this a lot
when asked why he chose salad over steak, but he never said it to journalist Tom Junod. Or, if he did, Junod didn’t quote Rogers saying
it in the article. Seems like he probably would have included
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14 Replies to “Times A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Lied To You

  1. Our Saint Mr. Rogers has 25 confirmed KILLS !!!! In his service as a Sniper in the Vietnam War. The guy that lay in wait and splattered peoples brains from hundreds of feet. A natural born killer that now says love one another. JUST STATING A FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Your lucky my father who is in heaven no literally he makes up the dirt under your toes the air in your lungs the Ray's of light either internal philosophical higher educational or rather locational? Huh in your cones what ? The retina ? Cones in your eyes allowing the suns Ray's to come into your observing opportunity if you allow it ….or dont ….btw my bio dad is still alive btw met him when I was 22 my had no relationship or religion so yes I came into this …me on my own from my father I claim so what say my mom was wasted I'll punch you in the nose call me a bastard I'll poke you in the eye call me everything but you know
    " that guy" cause if you do kick you in the nuts? No far worse I'll have to forgive you and that's just fine with me do you hear me now Russell??? When in Rome right Russell you can learn a thing or 12 from this actor Russell I Russ you sell bs and I keep wrestling you and the worlds problems 👌🍆🙌👌🙏🍑sorry didn't mean to get sexual but the egg plant showed up so you know I couldn't delete it now or then that's why I added a peach too…..wait that makes it more suggestive hmmmm catfishing what a novel idea

  3. Tom Hanks is a known P3dough-Fil. Is this a big JOKE in casting him as Mr. Rogers, who was an advocate for children and their innocence?

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