During a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, while promoting his film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks shared his reaction to a clip of Jeopardy contestants not recognizing who he is. Directed by Marielle Heller and based on a true story, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood centers on a cynical journalist named Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) who is assigned to profile beloved children's television host Fred Rogers (Hanks). During their time together, the two form a friendship that starts to evolve Vogel's negative view of the world.
The film has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its touching tale of love and forgiveness. Not to mention, Hanks' turn as Rogers has blown audiences away. When it was initially announced that Hanks would be portraying the television host, it seemed to be a perfect fit. The actor's kind and gentle aura meshed perfectly with Rogers, and the first trailer served as further proof that it was pitch-perfect casting. The film is already floating around the award show circuit, especially in regard to Hanks' performance. But, as strange as it may seem, not everyone in the world is aware of Hanks' immense talent.
While promoting A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hanks discussed a number of topics with Kimmel about his new film. But, one of the funniest parts of the interview is when Kimmel shared a clip from last week's Jeopardy where Hanks' portrayal of Rogers was part of the Biopic category. The clip begins with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek asking contestants, "In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, beloved children's TV show host Mister Rogers is played by this beloved actor," to which all of the contestants stared confusingly at Trebek. Hanks then reacted to the contestants not knowing him by throwing his hands up and saying, "you are kidding me," following up with, "they didn't even have any wrong suggestions?" Check out the hilarious clip below at 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video.
Hanks' reaction is extremely funny to watch unfold, as it is hard to believe that there are people in this world who may not know who he is. Hanks is well-known for a number of incredible roles, including Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and even the iconic voice behind Woody in Toy Story. Considering the immense popularity of the latter, especially after Toy Story 4 raked in over $1 billion at the box office this year, it's a curious thing to see some people not recognize the truly beloved actor.
On the other hand, Kimmel does make a good point in the video that, maybe, Hanks just inhabited Fred Rogers so beautifully that the contestants were just so absorbed in his appearance. This could very well be true, as it is astonishing to see Hanks embody that character so well and so effortlessly. But, if these contestants truly don't know who Hanks is, they can now give him a proper shot and see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood to truly experience what a masterful actor he is.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019