By our count, Tom Hanks has played eight real-life characters in films, including Fred Rogers in the new movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. And while each of those people was very different — from Walt Disney to astronaut Jim Lovell to journalist Ben Bradlee — Hanks says he approaches each one with a similar mindset, knowing he’s there to capture the essence of each character more than the minute details. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hanks)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is playing now in theaters.

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