Emily Mortimer (a.k.a. Grown-Up Jane Banks!) On Life Behind the Scenes of “Mary Poppins Returns”

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Try Not to Tear Up Hearing Emily Mortimer Talk About Dick Van Dyke on the Mary Poppins Returns Set Aired December 19, 2018

As Emily Mortimer, who stars in the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” puts it so well — “Mary Poppins” was part of the fabric of all of our childhoods. 

So it’s so exciting to have her back in this new film!

And you know who else is back, too? Original film star Dick Van Dyke, who played chimney sweep Bert back in the day opposite the original Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews. 

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This time, Dick’s playing the nephew of the banker from the original film (which, yes, Dick also played!), so it’s coming full circle.

“It was such an honor to see him there,” says Emily, who also starred in one of Rachael’s favorite movies, “Match Point.” “He leapt up onto a desk and did a tap dance, and then sat down behind a desk and delivered a monologue.”

And yes — he’s 93 years old! 

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“[When he] came onto the set, that was the biggest pinch-me moment of the whole thing,” she says, and adds, “He is like the living embodiment of the spirit of the movie of ‘Mary Poppins,’ which is you’ve got to try to keep the spirit of the child alive in the man or the woman.”

Don’t mind us wiping a tear from our eye! 

Watch the video above to hear what it was like for Emily to see the new Mary Poppins, Emily Blunt, walk into the Banks house for the first time! 

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