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Mary Poppins Returns: A Story About Finding Light in Darkness

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney

With his vision and his passion, Rob Marshall has brought back the movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns, for our children’s generation to experience for the first time.

“I felt like I have had this film in my blood,” said Marshall. He wanted to be the one to create this film so that he could treat it with great care and love. “Creating a musical from scratch was like a dream,” said Marshall.

The guiding message about the film is about finding light in the darkness, is what drew Marshall towards wanting to make the movie. He felt that our world right now needs to hear a story about looking for hope and light during a dark time because there is so much darkness in our world right now.

“It’s about finding that childlike view in life” Rob Marshall.

One of the most amazing things about the film is how wonderfully Emily Blunt portrayed Mary Poppins. When finding out about the part, she got a voicemail from Rob Marshall who is a dear friend of hers, and they have known each other for a long time.

“The voicemail certainly had a sort of charged energy to it, like I was oh my god, what is it? What is this project? And when he called me, and because he is so beautifully ceremonious and want every moment of the process to feel special and transporting and memorable for you, that even the phone call had such a sense of ceremony to it.

He said, 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 he said Mary Poppins I felt 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 at that moment because she is so iconic.

She had such a big imprint on my life and on everyone’s lives. People hold this character so close to their hearts. And so 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 she should be preserved and treasured in her own way of what she did.

I knew this was going to be something that I wanted to take a big swing with and I knew I could do it with this man who is the most emboldening, meticulous, brilliant director in the world, and I was in safe hands with him. However much I knew I had my work cut out for me,” said Blunt.

Rob Marshall then added to the conversation by saying that not another person on this planet could have played this part other than her. The entire audience in the room let out a giant, “awwwwww.”

In preparing for her role as Mary Poppins, Emily Blunt turned to the books for research. “She leaped off the page at me just in how complicated she is, how unknowable she is in this wonderful way, that duality of the character, you know, that she is stern and she is incredibly rude, you know, and vain and, but funny.

Yet there is this humanity, and she has to herself have such a childlike wonder in her in order to want to infuse these children’s lives with it and there must under there be a generosity of spirit to want to fix and heal in the way that she does,” said Blunt.

After Emily and Rob talked about the film, they spent a year and a half talking about her so that they could find those layers and those moments of humanity to perfectly portray the character.

This film is the first feature film for Lin-Manuel Miranda, and I just have to say that he kind of stole the show. We all know his for his work on Broadway, and we were all curious to hear how it was for him to deliver such an epic performance on film for the first time.

When he found out about the project, he was still performing two shows a day of Hamilton. He got a call from Rob Marshall, and they made plans to have a drink. “I finished the matinee, rolled across the street to the Paramount Hotel and I met them for a drink, and they said a sequel to Mary Poppins and I said who’s playing Mary Poppins? And they said Emily Blunt and I said oh that’s good,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda

“There are a lot of highs on a movie like this and coming from the theater where the only thing that changes in the performance is the audience and your energy that day to go okay Thursday we’ll be shutting down Buckingham Palace and riding with 500 bicyclists.

And Friday you’ll be dancing with the penguins. 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,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda.

As a full-time working mom, after talking with Emily Mortimer, she became my idol! Her husband and kids live in New York, and they filmed the movie in London. To keep a good family balance when making the film, she flew 16 times across the Atlantic! What a supermom!

Why did she decide to do this film? She said, “Mary Poppins is a huge part of my childhood as it is of everybodys. But it was really exciting to think that they were going to make another movie of it. It was when meeting with Rob and hearing him talk about why he was so determined to make this film that just really inspired me.

That doesn’t often happen, and I’m quite old now, I’ve done a lot of movies, and I know enough about life to know the life as an actor to know that when somebody inspires you and makes you excited about the idea of a movie or a project.

It’s a rare thing, and you just have to go with it. You just have to try to jump on that train,” said Emily Mortimer.

Don’t miss seeing an incredible cast bring Mary Poppins back to life in Mary Poppins Returns this Friday in theaters. Learn more about Mary Poppins Returns online, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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