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Posted: October 11, 2018

Man dies after falling 2 stories on set of Mister Rogers movie

(WPXI.com)
(WPXI.com)

By WPXI.com

MT. LEBANON, Pa. —

A crew member on the biographical film about Fred Rogers has died after he fell two stories from a Mt. Lebanon apartment building Thursday night.

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James Emswiller, a 61-year-old sound mixer from the Pittsburgh area, took a smoke break between filming scenes for “You Are My Friend” on Shady Drive when others nearby said they heard a noise and discovered he had fallen from a balcony, police said.

Police said Emswiller may have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to fall.

Emswiller was initially taken to UPMC Mercy in serious condition, police said. The police chief later said the situation worsened, and his condition became critical.

Emswiller died about 8:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Filming stopped for the night as police investigated.


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First look: Photo shows Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in new movie

Sony Pictures has released the first photo of Tom Hanks’ portrayal of children’s television icon Fred Rogers.

Wearing a red sweater over a button-down shirt and tie, khaki pants and blue sneakers, Tom Hanks resembles the beloved Mr. Rogers.

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Hanks was announced for the role in January, when reports said the film was called “You Are My Friend.” The movie, which Sony Pictures said is untitled for now, is loosely based on the true story of Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod.

Junod will be played by Matthew Rhys, The Wrap reported.

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“It’s a movie that’s largely focused on a reporter and (Rogers’) relationship to his life, and how (the reporter’s) whole world changes when coming in contact with Fred Rogers,” director Marielle Heller told Entertainment Weekly in March.

The film will be in theaters October 2019.

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