Why Julie Andrews turned down a ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ cameo


“Mary Poppins Returns” is being hailed as “virtually good in each means” and a worthy followup to the 1964 traditional. It’s a film that recaptures the optimism and magic that made the unique such a beloved household movie. Although Dick Van Dyke makes a singing and dancing return in “Mary Poppins Returns,” greatest actress Oscar winner Julie Andrews is notably lacking in motion.

That’s not for lack of making an attempt. Director Rob Marshall advised Selection that he approached Andrews about making a cameo early on within the venture’s growth, however she deferred out of respect for Emily Blunt, who was tasked with placing her personal spin on the flying nanny.

“She instantly stated no,” Marshall stated on the premiere of “Mary Poppins Returns.” “She stated, ‘That is Emily’s present and I need her to run with this. She ought to run with this. That is hers. I don’t wish to be on prime of that.’”

Marshall stated he and his writers by no means pitched the 83-year outdated actress on a particular function. Nevertheless, a supply with data of the manufacturing, stated that the producers thought-about Andrews for the function of the balloon girl, a component performed by one other display screen icon, Angela Lansbury, within the sequel.

Blunt echoed Marshall’s feedback throughout an interview for Selection’s upcoming Actors on Actors situation.

“She was very hands-off with the entire thing,” she stated.

“There was dialogue about, you already know, that possibly she would come and do a bit within the film and she or he was so beneficiant really,” Blunt added. “She stated to Rob, ‘Are you aware what that is? That is Emily’s model of her and I don’t need it to be that she’s enjoying Mary Poppins the entire means by means of however then I are available and there’s like oh, however there’s the actual Mary Poppins, you already know?’”

If Andrews was approached about becoming a member of the movie, producer Marc Platt didn’t get the memo.

“She wasn’t purported to be in it in any respect,” insisted Platt throughout a pink carpet interview. “However she’s a pal of Rob’s and a pal of ours and a giant fan of Emily Blunt and has been beautiful since day one about how that is Emily’s flip and the way glad she is for her…And it’s Emily’s flip. It’s a special story and a special time. There’ll solely be one Julie Andrews and after folks see this movie they’ll be capable of say with equal pleasure that there’s just one Emily Blunt.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters on Dec. 19. It’s on observe to be a significant hit on the vacation field workplace, with a projected $70 million gross over its first week of launch. Its main competitors might be from “Aquaman,” a superhero film that options Andrews because the voice of an underseas creature named Karathen.

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