If Tom Hanks does not win an Academy Award for his spot-on portrayal of Fred Rogers, there is no justice in the film industry. What other actor could have pulled this off so believably? None I can think of. I am rarely as excited about seeing a movie as I am about this one. The fact that it is a true story is a testament to Hank's ability to "get it right." A journalist's life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Fred Rogers. Based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers.