It is time to get The Scoop on Mary Poppins Returns from Director Rob Marshall. By the way, two more days for us to take our families to see Mary Poppins Returns! I know you have your calendars marked for December 19th, right? You can get my Mary Poppins Returns Movie Review here. It is time to get The Scoop on Mary Poppins Returns from Director Rob Marshall. He was an absolute pleasure to meet. Today I share on our Mary Poppins Returns Exclusive Interview with Director Rob Marshall. Don’t be surprised to discover that he oozes happiness and positivism.
Disney invited me to an all expense trip to enjoy the Mary Poppins Returns Movie World Premiere. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
Mary Poppins Returns Exclusive Interview with Director Rob Marshall.
As Rob Marshall walked into the room he lit it up with his big smile. There is something in common to our interviews with the actors. They all commented on how supportive Rob Marshall is. You will understand why as you go through the interview, so let’s get to it:
Everyone Needs The Vote of Confidence
How does Rob Marshall convince his actors that they can sing when they don’t believe they do?
“It’s sort of interesting when I work with actors I really find they need to feel positive reinforcement and it’s such a simple thing to do. It’s like being a really good parent, and I try and achieve that when we’re working. For instance, as an example Ben Whishaw, who plays Michael Banks, he’s never sung before. He was sort of nervous about how do you do that, and I always feel that people can do so much. It’s just feeling that they can and knowing that they can. I like to protect them in rehearsals when– you know we had over two months of rehearsal. So it was during that time that you can fail and be bad and then learn to get better and, and not feel judged. That’s a really important thing. I like to protect actors to make them feel they can do things and try things. ”
Working with Dick Van Dyke
Bringing a legend back to work the sequel of a beloved classic has to be such a highlight for anyone.
Did Dick Van Dyke really do his dancing scene?
“I said to Lin and Emily (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt) I said, ‘If he falls off that desk you’re dead. You are spotting him. So if he starts to wobble, I want you to jump in.’ Of course, he was perfectly fine. In fact, he doesn’t even use Lin’s hand. When you see Lin is literally standing there like okay and he doesn’t use him, he just goes right up.
Dick Van Dyke Feels a Spirit
I was so excited and nervous to even call him to ask him to do this because he’s a hero for me. I mean and that’s the Dick Van Dyke Show for me honestly. Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, Bye Bye Birdie all of it. Talking to him, he just disarms you immediately. He’s so joyous, and he said yes so quickly. He wanted to be part, he was excited to be part of it. And when he came onto the set, he honest to God grabbed my arm as we were walking on. He said, ‘I feel the same spirit here on this set that I did you know in the first film.’ And I thought okay well that’s everything. That’s all I need to hear. That was everything for me to hear that from him.”
Mary Poppins Returns and Comes Full Circle
He adds with lots of emotion: ” I just couldn’t believe my life had come full circle. From a 4-year-old boy having seen the film with Dick Van Dyke there, hearing Feed The Birds, watching him say that. He’s in our film 54 years later as a 91-year-old man. I mean that’s just magic to me. It was total magic; I’m still not over it.”
Mary Poppins Returns Easter Eggs
Get ready to spot them! Rob Marshall shared there are plenty of Easter Eggs to look out for in the movie.
Music as an Easter Egg
“I feel like we’ve earned it by that time. I feel like she looks in the balloon and you hear a Spoon Full of Sugar, or they’re up in the air, and you hear A Little Let’s Go Fly A Kite. Because I think we’re coming full circle. Michael’s now a child, and we tried to make it something that was emotional.”
Mary Poppins Original Props
He also told us that the table in the front hall is the original one from Mary Poppins. Unfortunately, there were no Disney archives in the 60’s. So that is the only “Mary Poppins Memorabilia” that we will see. You will be able to spot the block in the attic, the snow globe and the kite. Those were all replicated. The kite has its own version. But that is just a few to look out for on December 19th when Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters everywhere!
Listening to Feed The Birds
I will say when Dick Van Dyke does that monologue to the kids where he tells the story about Michael as a little boy and the tuppence and so all of that, and you hear Feed The Birds. I will tell you now that when I shot that scene, I like to work with music. So I had Feed The birds, the music, in my ear and I’m watching Dick Van Dyke, and I have him in my ear too and he’s delivering this monologue, and I honestly broke down. I couldn’t breathe, and I couldn’t say cut. I couldn’t say it, I think it was Emily who finally said it. I was so moved.
Is There Another Mary Poppins in the Works?
“There’s a lot of Star Wars stories. There can be a lot of Mary Poppins stories.” says Rob Marshall. The books offer lots or material and they already cherry-picked the best adventures that could be musicalized, and there is a lot that was left on the table. So first, they are going to see how we all embrace Mary Poppins Returns. Then they will return to the topic.
I sure would love to see another because the Mary Poppins Returns is fantastic! I can’t wait to see it again and keep working on spotting those Easter Eggs! How about you? Ready for everything Mary Poppins Returns brings with it?