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Emily Blunt Discusses How She Created Her Version Of Mary Poppins

One of Disney’s most beloved and iconic characters makes her triumphant return tonight and all eyes will be fixed upon the skies awaiting the descension of Mary Poppins. After more than half a century the magical nanny will again grace us with her presence in Mary Poppins Returns.

The film hopes to recapture the magic that made the original film a timeless classic. To promote the film, the cast and attended a press conference. Emily Blunt who was given the opportunity of a lifetime, albeit, one that would come with enormous pressure, was asked where she drew from to deliver what producer Mark Platt called a “sophisticated performance” that was painted with many colors.

“I found the books to be a huge springboard and enormously helpful, you know. 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 like funny, you know, and 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, you know.”

Blunt continued, highlights the talks she and director Rob Marshall had about the character, long before rehearsals began.

“So I think for me and certainly for Rob when we talked about it, you know, in the year and a half we spent before we even started rehearsing, you know, we would talk about her so much and we both wanted to find those layers and those moments of humanity and also the fact that she’s probably a bit of an adrenaline junky, like she loves these adventures. It’s like her outlet, you know.  So just finding those moments so she’s no t just one thing, you know, because she is so enigmatic and it was a great, such a delicious character to play, loved it.”

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While I am sure other actresses could have sufficiently pulled off the role, I don’t think Disney could have chosen anyone better than Emily Blunt. I remember first hearing about her being cast in the role and thinking, “Absolutely.” An extension of a Disney classic begins tonight and magic and wonder are sure to fill the very air that Mary Poppins will glide down upon.

Check back with LRM in the coming days for more from the cast and crew of Mary Poppins Returns.

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