Those aren’t film tricks or special effects. That truly is Dick Van Dyke, 91 at the time, dancing up a storm on a desk in “Mary Poppins Returns.”
The climactic moment, teased in the film’s trailer, is a showstopper for Van Dyke, and one of two memorable appearances by legendary actors – the other by Angela Lansbury – in the sequel to 1964’s “Mary Poppins” (in theaters now).
Van Dyke, who just turned 93 and will present at Sunday’s Golden Globes, starred in the original film with two roles: as Cockney chimney sweep Bert and as aged banker Mr. Dawes, who died laughing in the end.
In “Mary Poppins Returns,” set 20 years later, Van Dyke literally jumped at the chance to play Mr. Dawes Jr.
“Every frame is him,” says director Rob Marshall. “He’s fearless, has such a joy and he loves to dance. He’s truly an original.”