Tatum is sincere and loving as Leo but he is also a sort of clunky actor. For some this just adds to his charm, while for others it is off-setting. He has a boyish charm and you can certainly see why Paige was attracted to Leo.
What so desperately needs forgetting? Drink the Kool-Aid like Chance the Gardener and the very question recedes. Americans want to live in Pleasantville, and every pill they take and ad they watch is their friend.