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The world is abuzz with excitement surrounding Mary Poppins Returns. From Emily Blunt to Lin-Manuel Miranda……I'm sharing what they had to say at the exclusive press junket about their feelings about visiting Cherry Tree Lane.
Let's be honest, we were all a little concerned when Disney announced they were planning to revisit the amazing Mary Poppins story. Would they do it justice? The original Mary Poppins is such an iconic film, that was a HUGE part of all of our childhoods. Well, we weren't the only ones. I sat down with the Mary Poppins Returns cast and was relieved to hear that they love the Banks Family just as much as we do.
Mary Poppins Returns: Magic From the Press Junket
“If anybody is gonna do it I would like to do it because it was incredibly daunting at first of course, but at the same time I really felt like I have that film as many of us on this panel do in our blood.And I wanted to be able to in an odd way protect the first film and treat this film with great care and love.” – Director Rob Marshall
“And he said, you know, we’ve been digging through the Disney archives and, you know, we’ve been and by far their most prized possession.And I was like what, what is that?And I couldn’t think, like what it was, you know, and when you said Mary Poppins I thought like the air changed in the room.It was so extraordinary, such an extraordinary rather unparalleled moment for me because I was filled with an instantaneous yes, but also with some trepidation, you know, all happening simultaneously in that moment because she is so iconic.She had such a big imprint on my life and on everyone’s lives, you know.She, people hold this character so close to their hearts.And so, you know, how do I create my version of her?What will my version of her be because there’s no point?No one wants to see me do a sort of cheap impersonation of Julie Andrews because no one is Julie Andrews.And so she should be preserved and treasured in her own way of what she did.” – Emily Blunt
“You know those kind of moments are really sort of unforgettable, but for me I brought my son to set every time we filmed a musical number and to watch his eyes like saucers while daddy danced with, you know, what seems like 500 dancers and bikers.I’ll never forget the look on his face as long as I live.” Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Well I was obsessed with the film when I was a child.It was the first thing – the first film I ever sawand my dad taped it off the “tele” on a VHS tape and I watched it obsessively through my whole childhood and I used to dress up as Mary Poppins and parade up and down the street in our village.And so it has a huge like mythical – it’s a mythic part of my childhood.” -Ben Whishaw
“Like everyone else I, you know, it was an extremely large part of my childhood.I think it was the complete – my entire childhood was Mary Poppins. I really have no other memory of my childhood [LAUGH] except listening to that record and reading the synopsis of the story and the fact that I would grow up and even as a child had the ability to write music and lyrics and was even fascinated by the orchestrations on it.” – Marc Shaiman
If you're counting down the days until you can revisit the Banks Family, the wait is almost over. MARY POPPINS RETURNS arrives in theatres everywhere on December 19th!