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‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s’ Marielle Heller Pushes for ‘Sustainable’ Hours on Movie Sets

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s’ Marielle Heller Pushes for ‘Sustainable’ Hours on Movie Sets

For director Marielle Heller, part of the research she did for her third feature film, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” included watching old episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” with her 4-year-old son in her lap. In the film, Tom Hanks throws on the cardigan as beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers, playing an unsuspecting antagonist to Matthew Rhys’ Lloyd Vogel, a cynical journalist and new father tasked with writing a magazine profile about Rogers — a plot based on actual writer Tom Junod and his 1998 Esquire Magazine article.

Indeed, she tells Variety, her family is a fan of Rogers and other members of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, especially Daniel Striped Tiger, the most soft-spoken puppet (originally voiced by Rogers) whose “son,” Daniel Tiger, is now featured in an animated spinoff series.

As a working director, Heller says being able to spend time with family is integral to getting more

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