Lloyd Vogel a is hard-nosed magazine reporter who makes the movers and shakers of the world flee.
He asks the tough questions that undercover corruption. He finds out what the politicians and the businessmen are reallydoing behind closed doors. In other words, he’s the type of journalist no one wants to talk to.
But then Vogel is given a nightmare assignment – interviewing Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame.
“You hired me as an investigative journalist. I don’t do puff pieces,” he tells his editor at Esquire.
His editor, though, won’t relent.
“I think this could help you, Lloyd,” she says, referencing his view of the world and his public image.
Will Vogel uncover any dirt on Mister Rogers? Or will the kind-and-gentle TV host end up changing Vogel for the better?
It’s all part of the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG), which stars Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story series) as Fred Rogers, Matthew Rhys (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) as Vogel, and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us) as Vogel’s wife, Andrea.
It is based on a true story.
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Warning: spoilers ahead!