Christopher Guest? His past performances might get in the way of the character, though.
If it's about young Fred Rogers and not older Fred Rogers - you get Joseph Gordon-Levitt. C'mon. You know he'd be just right in the cardigans and canvas shoes.
Needs to be directed by George Romero. Only way I'm seeing it.
Michael Douglas. If only because it would be fantastic for one person to play both Liberace and Mr. Rogers.
I was coming on to propose Will Arnett (he could do earnest, right?), but Amy's suggestion is clearly the only right answer.
Suggestion that will make everyone angry? Robin Williams. I just flash to him in that last scene in Mrs. Doubtfire.
What about Steve Carell?
Diablo Cody asked this on Twitter, too, and someone responded, "Jim Parsons." I could see that, too.Although, after seeing this picture of young Fred Rogers, I'm thinking, who is it? Chris Parnell? http://weloveyouso.com/wp-content/uploads/fredrogers.jpg
Jim Parsons would actually be a very interesting choice. I didn't see the Harvey revival, but I heard he was very good in that, and that's sort of a similar role to Mr. Rogers.
I wonder - can Parsons project the sweetness that Mr. Rogers requires? I find Sheldon so nasty sometimes, whether or not I'm supposed to.
He wouldn't have gotten good notices in Harvey if he couldn't.
Yeah, Sheldon long ago passed the line between "cute innocent" and "obnoxious sociopath."
Richard Jenkins. Because he can do anything.
Isn't it mandatory that someone say it should be Anne Hathaway or Neil Patrick Harris? (This is just for from, I think she'd be better at it than he would, but either would be better Daniel the Tiger.)
My coworker (@dtrap) suggested Tobey Maguire. I could see that.
I think that's less because of Parsons' performance than the writing and the direction, which is clearly directing him to run in place with the character. There's a reason that his best episodes and Emmy submissions are the few moments where he gets to be more human (be it because he's drunk or because he's just received Leonard Nimoy's DNA).
Steve Carell would be interesting choice. Seeing this pic, I'm thinking Benedict Cumberbatch also. http://25.media.tumblr.com/c5770a70c1e521c1c009b94588f0cbb1/tumblr_mjiqd3NeCE1r2aigko2_250.png Supposedly, he's got an American accent down for August: Osage County.
Tom Hanks for the older Rogers. You need someone who can project that actual, not-fakesy kindness and Hanks can do that in spades.
I agree that the problems are mostly in the writing. I mean, as between Chuck Lorre (and his team) and Jim Parsons, it's pretty easy to assign blame for insufficient subtlety.
This might be crazy, but what about Alan Cumming? (Love JGL suggestion.)
Eddie Murphy. We've already seen him do the role. He's an awesome Fred Rodgers. How can I be the only one who sees it.
"Rogers" not "Rodgers"