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  • Ability over Appearance: Suffice to say, Tom Hanks resembles Fred Rogers about as much as a beagle resembles a tabby cat, yet it's more than apparent that he was cast not because of how much he resembles Rogers, but because he carries the role strongly enough to be a perfect fit for the partnote . (That said, Hanks and Rogers are actually sixth cousins from a German ancestor.)
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  • Approval of God: Mr. Rogers' widow Joanne claimed that her late husband would have been thrilled to have been portrayed by Tom Hanks, as his favorite film was Forrest Gump.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A meta example occurs with the film's title, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The original song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood opens with the line "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood."
  • Billing Displacement: The movie is promoted as a look into Mister Rogers and Tom Hanks is prominent in all marketing material. The actual protagonist is Lloyd Vogel, played by Matthew Rhys, but he isn't given much focus outside of the film itself.
  • California Doubling: The neighborhood surrounding Lloyd's Manhattan apartment was shot in Pittsburgh, which is given away by the presence of Fifth Avenue Place building and a waving Pennsylvania state flag in the background of certain shots.
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  • Descended Creator: Noah Harpster, the co-writer of the screenplay, also portrays Lloyd's newlywed brother-in-law.
  • Doing It for the Art: The crew went out of their way to make the filmed segments of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as close to the original series as possible, from filming in the same sound-stages at WQED in Pittsburgh, right down to using the exact same camera brand, which was so scarce that they had to be flown in from England.
  • Fake American: Wales native Matthew Rhys as American Esquire reporter Lloyd Vogel.

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