Director Marielle Heller On Mister Rogers & Telling Kids The Truth "He wasn't afraid of any of the hardest parts of childhood," Marielle Heller says. Her film, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' centers on Fred Rogers' unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist. Heller talks about casting Tom Hanks as Rogers, capturing his slow style of speaking, and a profound experience she had with her young son because of the show.
NPR logo

Director Marielle Heller On Mister Rogers & Telling Kids The Truth

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/780454940/781272542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Director Marielle Heller On Mister Rogers & Telling Kids The Truth

Director Marielle Heller On Mister Rogers & Telling Kids The Truth

Director Marielle Heller On Mister Rogers & Telling Kids The Truth

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/780454940/781272542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

"He wasn't afraid of any of the hardest parts of childhood," Marielle Heller says. Her film, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' centers on Fred Rogers' unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist. Heller talks about casting Tom Hanks as Rogers, capturing his slow style of speaking, and a profound experience she had with her young son because of the show.