Who would want to threaten Mister Rogers? Or Tom Hanks? Or Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers?
Well, that’s exactly what happened to the Oscar-winning actor in Pittsburgh.
Hanks, who stepped into Mr. Rogers’ blue shoes to film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” told Jimmy Kimmel all about the odd yet subtle threat.
He said the incident happened when he was on an elevator after a workout.
A man got on the same elevator and, after realizing it was Hanks, politely asked him how the filming was going.
At first, it sounded like a normal conversation with a fan as Hanks even said that the man wished him well on the remainder of the film.
But as soon as the doors began to close, he gave this ominous warning: “We take Mr. Rogers very seriously here.”
“His eyes were like snake-like for a second,” Hanks said as Kimmel laughed before adding, “I’m thinking, ‘I believe I have been threatened in the city of three rivers.'"
Watch the moment at around the 5:38 mark.
The threat was a gentle reminder that Mr. Rogers is a huge icon in Pittsburgh, and that the people will protect his legacy at all costs.
Thankfully, Hanks picked up on that rather quickly.
He admitted that wearing Rogers’ signature red sweater was the equivalent of putting on “Batman’s cape and cowl" in Pittsburgh.
“You feel powerful,” he noted.
The film was shot at WQED, the TV station where the series "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" was originally filmed.
Based on the film's reviews, it’s safe to say Hanks did not let the people of Pittsburgh down.
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is playing in theaters now.