Dick Van Dyke so wanted to play two roles in Mary Poppins that he paid Walt Disney for the privilege. Van Dyke was already signed up to play Bert the chimney sweep in the classic children’s fantasy movie, but he also wanted to play the role of the doddering Mr Dawes Sr, the tyrannical boss of David Tomlinson’s George Banks at the Dawes Tomes Mousley Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. In a televised interview on ABC with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns, Van Dyke revealed: “When they made me up as the old man in [the original movie], I had to go to go to Walt and ask him for the part, he didn’t give it to me.
The 92-year-old is back in Mary Poppins Returns playing Mr Dawes Jr., the son of his original character (it's set 25 years later), and the first look at him in the trailer is really quite eye-catching.
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