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This is Why You Will Never See Tom Hanks Playing a Villain

Tom Hanks is playing the most iconic role of his career in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Fred Rogers, who’s almost definitely also the nicest.

But Mr. Rogers is just one of several likeable, if not lovable, roles Tom has tackled over the years. Can you ever remember Tom playing the villain? The answer is no, because he never really has.

He has played guys with a bit more questionable characteristics than others, but nobody without a good heart because Tom realized he doesn’t really have it in him to play a scoundrel.

“I recognized in myself a long time ago that I don’t instill fear in anybody," he tells The New York Times. “Now, that’s different than being nice, you know? I think I have a cache of mystery. But it’s not one of malevolence.”

Now you know why you don't see him playing a bad guy.

"It’s because I never get them, because bad guys, by and large, require some degree of malevolence that I don’t think I can fake," he adds.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood arrives November 22nd.

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