Dear friends, family and neighbors,
I can’t begin to express how honored I am that Eliot Daley has endorsed me for the role of Fred Rogers in the upcoming biopic, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
I first connected with Eliot about eight months ago and since then he has become a mentor and friend. For those of you who might not know, Eliot was the former President of the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood organization in the early days of the program, an intimate friend and colleague of Fred Rogers and an author of many scripts for MRN.
Eliot gave me the most detailed critique on Danny Joe’s Tree House to date. The most important piece of advice that Eliot gave me is that he likes me just the way I am, meaning in his opinion, I don’t need thematic devices to have a meaningful interaction with my audience. I can just be myself-my true self. That has created a paradigm shift in my mission to apply the type of communication perfected by Fred Rogers to today’s multimedia platforms. Eliot and I agree that there will NEVER be another Fred Rogers, but there MUST be people trying to follow in his footsteps. We need a real human voice reaching out from our media saying that each of us matters, that our emotions are mentionable and manageable, and that we don’t have to hurt ourselves or anyone else when we feel overwhelmed. We are loved.
I love Fred Rogers and I want him to be portrayed accurately and respectfully. I honestly don’t know if I am the best man to do that, but I do know that I have been on this path for a long time and as a faithful student of Fred Rogers I feel strongly that I owe it to him and myself to at least try.
So, please share Eliot’s article with the media outlets that you respect. Talk to your neighbors. People may want to know who I am, so please tell them. I’m not out for fame and fortune. I truly just want to honor the memory of my hero whom I love so much. This is beyond a long shot, but with your help, maybe we can create enough buzz to get the attention of the producers at Treehouse Pictures.
No matter what happens, I promise that I will continue with my personal mission to support today’s young children and their parents and caregivers in the digital age.