A new preview of the upcoming Tom Hanks Mister Rogers film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” displays the elements of faith found in the Nov. 22 release. The impact Rogers, a minister, and children’s television host, has on journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is central, along with commentaries from real-life journalist Tom Junod, director Marielle Heller, Rogers’ wife Joann, and others.
“Do you know what that means, to forgive?” Mister Rogers asks in the preview. “It’s a decision we make to release a person from the feelings of anger we have toward them.” Additionally, Rogers explains after a conversation with a sick man, “I asked him to pray for me. I figure anyone who is going through what he is going through must be awfully close to God.” Another piece of advice Rogers gives is, “Anything human is mentionable. Anything mentionable is manageable.”Also in the preview, Junod remarks, “When I think of Fred, I often think of him in terms of what he did every morning, which was pray and think of the people he needed to pray for and write to those people.”
Finally, what Heller calls “one of the more important scenes in the movie” is previewed, where Rogers leads Vogel in a moment of quiet reflection: “Just take a minute and think about all the people who loved us into being. Just one minute of silence.”
Watch “The Heart of the Story” below. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” releases Nov. 22.