Lin-Manuel Miranda wants to be energetic like Dick Van Dyke at his age

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2018
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Mary Poppins Returns' star Lin-Manuel Miranda admitted he hopes to be as energetic as Dick Van Dyke when he is in old age

Lin-Manuel Miranda hopes to be as energetic as Dick Van Dyke when he is 91.

The 'Mary Poppins Return's actor was in awe of the high energy of his elderly co-star – who appeared in the original 1964 Disney classic – and enjoyed gossiping with him on the set of the highly anticipated sequel.

The 38-year-old performer told Collider that he loved shooting scenes with the legendary 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' actor and said: "It was like the best two days ever. I aspire to having that much energy in my life, someday, much less at 91.

"We were in the scene together, and we were just huddled off in the corner, and I was asking questions about 'Bye Bye Birdie'.

"You want to talk about a run -- that guy went from debuting on Broadway in 'Bye Bye Birdie' to getting 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' to filming 'Mary Poppins' like, on his hiatus. If anyone has a right to be retired and chilling, it's Dick Van Dyke!

"And yet he's with us singing and dancing, and it was really thrilling, you know, just to swap Broadway stories about him..."

'Mary Poppins Returns' stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny who returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children decades after her original visit because they are going through a difficult time in their lives.

Dick is appearing in the sequel as Mr. Dawes Jr, the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.

Lin-Manuel gushed that starring in the sequel – which is helmed by 'Chicago' director Rob Marshall – was a dream come true.

He added: "I mean, it's amazing. Because, you know, there are dreams come true moments; getting your show on Broadway, getting to be in a movie.

Mary Poppins Returns

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep

Michael Banks (Whishaw) is facing ruin after the death of his wife, and his sister Jane (Mortimer) can’t help—but then Mary Poppins (Blunt) sails down from the sky. Blunt is suitably brusque and radiant and a fine songstress, and while it’s a sliver of a story it’s impressively imaginative and unashamedly, triumphantly…

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