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Keep Your Dirty Hands Off Of My Mr. Fred Rogers, Hollywood!

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | May 3, 2013 | Comments ()


According to Collider, there is a Mr. Rogers biopic in the works.

I don't know how to feel about this.

Fred Rogers was a spectacular man. He was caring and loving and I believe he sincerely wanted all of us to grow up knowing that his care and love was directed at us. He taught generations of kids about being better human beings and just how wonderful the world can be when you approach it was a sense of wonder and awe. The man was a saint.

That is exactly why a biopic written by Alexis Jolly, a writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, fills me with dread. Will they add things that I don't really want to know about Mr. Rogers, like intimate moments with his wife or something? What exactly will the focus be in the movie? Most importantly, who could they choose to play Mr. Rogers?

James Cromwell? No. I'd be constantly thinking about "mossy banks" and Nazis.

Perhaps someone younger? Ryan Gosling is too sexy and I don't want to have indecent thoughts about Mr. Rogers.

Christian Bale would take it all to a very dark place, so he's out.

Ryan Reynolds looks too amazing in a sweater.

Jesse Eisenberg is too...wait. Hmm. He might be alright.

Actually, no. No one can adequately portray a man that has meant so much to so many over the course of our childhoods and lives. No movie written by someone can ever live up to the truth of who Mr. Fred Rogers really was. I don't want some biopic ruining the way anyone sees the man who still helps us through devastating situations with his wisdom and legacy. If you have a documentary of the man? I'll watch it. Other than that, just leave it alone. Slowly turn around and get out of my neighborhood. It's a beautiful day here and we'd like to keep it that way.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • e jerry powell

    Eddie Murphy?

    It could happen.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Little Julien, age 7, knows the "C-I-L-L My Landlord" poem and just last weekend we had to tell him to refrain from sharing it with his friends.

  • e jerry powell

    Yes, but that was a Tyrone Green bit, not Mr. Robinson.

    I love that bit.

  • toblerone

    It's a Mr. Rogers biopic not Mr. Robinson...

  • $27019454

    A biopic about Fred Rogers? Hollywood sucks. Nothing is sacred. Why don't they just keep churning out stupid reboots and remakes and rehashes and leave Fred Rogers the fuck alone.

    Is Mr. Rogers Neighborhood avail on Netflix Screaming? I need to check that out. It sounds like the perfect thing to watch while cooking dinner and slowly slipping into red wine haze.

  • PDamian

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is available on Amazon Instant Video -- something that bothers me a bit, because a lot of the genius of Fred Rogers was his appeal to all classes, and Amazon is charging $1.99 per episode. It's "free" with Amazon Prime.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Gandhi? Yeah, people can do him. But Fred Rogers no? I don't think so.

    More the point, a biopic about Fred Rogers will not be particularly interesting.

  • Captain D

    It will be Jimmy Fallon

  • sjfromsj

    Thank you for introducing that Ryan Reynolds GIF to my life.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I don't see the point of the biopic either, and he really doesn't resemble him all that much, but it just seems appropriate to have Tom Hanks in the running.

  • Salieri2

    Oh God. NotBillyBobThornton, NotBillyBobThornton, NotBillyBobThornton, NOTBILLYBOBTHORNTON!!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Where would the drama in such a story be?

    We've already lost Kevin Clash this year. I don't want to lose Mr. Rogers too.

  • CMooreVerdad

    I know, where's the conflict? Mr. Rogers was an incredible man who taught and comforted children all over the world, not a lot of tension in this story.

  • KaGe

    Focus it on the government's stance where at one point they wanted to de-fund public television. Make Rogers' testimony to keep public television alive in order to teach the kids the "King's Speech" Kingdom Address moment. Rest of the film is him developing the show and teaching the kids.

    I'll take my screenwriter credit now.

  • Mrs. Julien

    That sounds even more boring than I found Mr. Rogers' show.

  • Guest

    Joel Mchale - He looks good in a cardigan (if that's you're thing).

  • Guest

    Or Danny Pudi... Young and Old.

  • Blake

    Bradley Cooper.

  • dinosaurpuke

    Kevin. Spacey.

  • Ty

    David Straitharn could be old Mr. Rogers. As for the young Rogers, if that's how they choose to go, I think Lee Pace could pull it off pretty well.

  • IF THEY HAD TO DO THIS, AND THEY DON'T, I agree with Lee Pace as young Mr. Rogers.

    But I just don't see the point. The man really doesn't fit the sensational dramatics of typical biopics, and any attempt to do so would be really disingenuous. Yes, a documentary, or maybe a film about his testifying to Congress about funding public television would work a lot better than a straight biography.

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