Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers

On the one hand, I can’t instantly identify Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. Hanks has played a lot of tough guys. Rogers had the fire of moral conviction, which is toughness of a different kind. He was a humble man who rejected any other way to live.

Can Hanks do it? I’m not sure any star can. But Rogers’ story is worth telling. And Hanks has courage for taking on this role.