92-year-old Dick Van Dyke is all smiles at premiere of 'Mary Poppins Returns', as he returns to sequel of 1964 classic
He played the role of Bert, the chimney sweeper and Mr. Dawes Sr and in the sequel he will take on the role of Mr.Dawes Jr.
92-year-old Dick Van Dyke was seen grinning from ear-to-ear as he walked the red carpet at the premiere of 'Mary Poppins Returns,' the much-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic 'Mary Poppins'. What is extra special about Van Dyke's presence is that the actor featured in the original 1964 film as both Bert, the chimney sweeper, and Mr. Dawes Sr. In the sequel that is soon set to release, Van Dyke takes on the role of Mr. Dawes Jr.
Accompanying him at the premiere was his 47-year-old wife Arlene Silver; the veteran actor was snapped posing with co-stars such as Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as director Rob Marshall at the Hollywood's Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday reports Daily Mail.
He looked extremely happy in a navy blue suit with a sky blue tie as he smiled for the cameras. Viewers were overjoyed when they found out that Van Dyke was returning to the sequel of the film, with one writing, "Dick Van Dyke is now fully Mr Dawes, I’m crying!"
Blunt who plays the titular character had wonderful things to say about her experience working with Van Dyke. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, she said, "Yes, he's 92 years old, but the eyes and the smile are seared into your memory. It was terribly moving having him there. Obviously he'd be exhausted by the end of the day, but between takes he'd put his hand on my arm and sing: 'It's a jolly holiday with Mary.'"
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars in the film as Jack spoke about Van Dyke during 'Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic', a 20/20 a special about the remake. "He has more energy at 92 than I ever have in my life, and I'm not an unenergetic person," adding that "it was such a joy to have him" on the project.
"You spend five minutes with Dick Van Dyke and you are more alive than you were before. You feel like you're not doing enough in your life."
The original Mary Poppins has gone down in popular culture as one of the most iconic films to ever be made. Julie Andrews played the character of Mary Poppins and who has remained a fan favorite through the years and even won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film was nominated for a total of 13 Oscars that year.
Mary Poppins returns is set to release on December 19. It is directed by Rob Marshall and has an ensemble cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep.