Dick Van Dyke Chimes In On Emily Blunt’s Performance in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
Dick Van Dyke is an American treasure, thanks to such movies as Mary Poppins and shows like the Dick Van Dyke Show. The former is arguably one of his most famous roles, and sealed the deal for him being a song and dance man.
Thankfully, the 91-year old is just as in aw of Emily Blunt as she is of him.
Emily is returning to the big screen as Mary Poppins in the new sequel, and according to Dick she is surely about to become just as legendary as he and his buddy Julie Andrews became.
“I just got back from London, filming a cameo in the sequel for the new ‘Mary Poppins.’ People say sequels don’t work, but the people behind it have their hearts in the right place,” Dick said to Page Six. “They insist it is not a sequel, it is an homage. Emily Blunt is a quite good Mary Poppins; she sings well. And they had re-created the original set of Cherry Tree Lane just perfectly that brought back a lot of memories. I was the only original member of the cast who is in it. It’s like bookends for me. And Lin-Manuel [Miranda], who plays the lamplighter, dances very well, I was impressed.”
Dick said he reappears in the sequel in a scene with the old banker, who he also played in the original movie.
“This time I play his son, who is not a nice guy. I got to jump up on a desk and do a song-and-dance number, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said. “You used to have to do a number of takes, but now they use four or five cameras and they get all the angles in one take, which at my age is certainly an advantage.”
As far as the criticism he received for his cockney accident: “They had a dialectician practically handcuffed to me, to make sure this time the dialect was right. I wasn’t a cockney this time, but they still wanted to make sure the accent was right.”