While portraying Mister Rogers' love, kindness, and respect for others in the new film, Tom Hanks found himself embodying those characteristics and applying them to his life.
Tom Hanks is the star of It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the upcoming movie about the friendship between Mister Rogers, and a New York Times journalist. It seems there are more impacts behind the scenes than expected. The loving aspects of Mister Rogers he portrays on-screen have spilled over into his marriage.
Hanks says that this role has changed the way he and his wife, Rita Wilson, approach and participate in arguments. Mister Rogers is known for his many lessons on being kind, caring, and loving.
"When my wife and I are going at it on those rare occasions, when she is letting me know that I'm not really listening to her and I'm trying to establish what the ground rules are [for the argument], when we're going at it like that, one of us will say, 'Well, you know what? You know what, honey? It's good to talk; it's good to say the things we feel,'" Hanks says to ET.
"I learned that from Mister Rogers," Hanks says. Talking things through and active listening are key Mister Rogers lessons. Hanks and his wife have been married for 31 years, and he says their arguments have also decreased since the filming.
Hanks often gets compared to the beloved Presbyterian minister but he says they may not have much in common.
"I'm nothing like Fred Rogers in any way, shape, or form. Except, I think, I wake up in the morning thinking, 'Hey, it's a nice day, it's a good day. Let's try to make it a little bit better," Hanks says.