PROOF MARY POPPINS IS A TIME LADY.
Dick Van Dyke had his heart set on playing Mr. Dawes, Sr. in Mary Poppins, and said they didn’t have to pay him anything extra, he just really wanted to do it for the fun. Although Walt Disney had offered him the part of Bert right out, he made him audition for the part of Mr. Dawes, Sr.
While viewing a make-up test for Van Dyke in the projection room, Disney saw him entertaining crew members on the test film between takes with some comic routines, among them the “stepping down” routine of an old man trying to step off a curb without hurting himself. The test film not only convinced Disney to cast Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes, Sr., but Walt specifically requested that crew members “build a six-inch riser on the board room set so Dick can do that stepping-down routine” in the film.
Fun Fact: On the Mary Poppins 40th anniversary DVD commentary, Dick Van Dyke revealed that after they did the makeup test, he went for a walk on the Disney backlot. Spying a tourist tour bus, he tried out his “stepping-down routine” on the curb, and inched his way across the street, causing the tour bus to wait for him until he reached the other side. As the bus drove off, he waited a few seconds before breaking out into a sprint, running along side the bus in full old-man makeup, his cane gripped in his hand.
A++++ WOULD TROLL AGAIN
There’s an amazing episode in the early seasons of Diagnosis Murder where he plays himself and several of his own relatives. Like three or four others?! And I’m pretty sure there are no other characters in the episode.
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Did you know these are the same dancers from the Chimney scene in Mary Poppins!?!
Still defining epic, after all these years.
blows my mind
Accoriding to imdb, only one of them is, but two of them were in West Side Story together. <3 (Feel free to point me to any other sources, but I’ve never seen any.)
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