Dick Van Dyke Reveals He Paid Walt Disney $four,000 to Play Banker in 'Mary Poppins'


"I needed to pay him to do the half ... and I might do it once more," the 92-year-old actor mentioned of his combat to play a second function within the 1964 movie.

Disney could also be making ready to launch a sequel to the 1964 movie Mary Poppins for the large display screen on Dec. 19 with Mary Poppins Returns, however unique star Dick Van Dyke revealed that he needed to persuade Walt Disney to land a second function within the unique. 

During Thursday’s (Nov. 22) vacation broadcast of ABC's Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20, which provides viewers an inside take a look at Mary Poppins Returns, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Van Dyke sit down for a one-on-one dialogue the place they confer about Van Dyke’s function within the unique and his pleasure to share the magic of the beloved traditional to a more moderen era. It was throughout this dialogue the place the 92-year-old shared his secret combat to tackle one other function within the 1964 movie. 

In the unique movie, Van Dyke is acknowledged for enjoying the chimney sweeper Bert, however the actor revealed that he needed to financially persuade Disney to permit him to painting the movie's banker, Mr. Dawes Sr., as effectively. "I mentioned, 'I’ll do it for nothing.' Actually, I needed to give him $four,000 . I needed to pay him to do the half," the actor defined of his persuasion to Disney, additionally explaining that Disney wouldn’t give him the a part of the banker regardless of Van Dyke asking for it. 

After Miranda additional pressed on whether or not Van Dyke finally paid Disney to play the banker, Van Dyke quipped, "And I’d do it once more." To at the present time, Miranda identified, many viewers put out of your mind that Van Dyke performed two roles within the household movie, for he was unrecognizable when portraying the banker versus Bert.  

"I at all times, once I inform my associates you’re in it. They go, ‘Oh, he’s taking part in Bert,' I am going, 'Remember he performed two elements in that film,'" Miranda defined, one thing Van Dyke says he's effectively conscious of. "It's humorous once you’re a child and also you see it, you don’t notice that. You don’t notice it’s you in that different half," he added. "But you realize after they made me up because the outdated man within the outdated one, I needed to go to go to Walt and ask him for the half, he didn’t give it to me." 

Despite having to influence Disney to permit him to star within the unique, the veteran actor was welcomed to the sequel, returning to the story disguised as Mr. Dawes Jr. "I bought excited, in fact, that there was going to be one, and, in fact, my first query was: 'Can I be in it?' " the actor informed Miranda of his response to listening to of the sequel, which can have Emily Blunt taking up the function of Poppins and Miranda starring as Poppins' buddy, Jack. 

Taking place years after the unique, the 2018 musical sequel follows the lives of grown-up Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw). After the dying of Michael's spouse, Poppins (Blunt) returns to assist elevate the brand new era of Banks youngsters, enlisting assist from road lamplighter Jack (Miranda). 

The Rob Marshall-directed movie additionally stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Angela Lansbury and David Warner. The 20/20 Thanksgiving particular is about to function Blunt and Miranda opening up about their roles within the sequel and their ideas on following within the footsteps of Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. 

The hourlong particular may also embrace interviews with different solid and crew from Mary Poppins Returns, together with director Rob Marshall; composer Marc Shaiman; lyricist Scott Wittman; Davies and Dawson, actors who play the Banks youngsters; costume designer Sandy Powell; character designer James Woods; and animator James Baxter. The particular may also function interviews with Karen Dotrice, the actress who performed Jane Banks within the unique Mary Poppins, and Jeff Kurtti, a Disney historian and writer.

Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20 will air on Thursday, Nov. 22 on ABC at eight p.m. ET. 

This article initially appeared on THR.com.