Dick Van Dyke Actually Had A Second Part In Mary Poppins – But Disney Made Him Pay To Get The Job

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The movie Mary Poppins first opened in 1964, so audiences have had a long time to get to know and love it. When a sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, came out in 2018 it relied on viewers knowing the original story characters. It also brought back one of the main actors from the original film – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert. But even keen Mary Poppins fans may not know that Van Dyke had a second role in the movie. And he had to fight Walt Disney himself to get it. But now that the sequel is finally out, he’s talking about it.

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Dick Van Dyke is 93 years of age now and he’s had a fascinating life. He’s a beloved actor who’s appeared in some big movies: Bye Bye Birdie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Night at the Museum franchise, and of course, Mary Poppins. He’s also been well rewarded for his work. He has a Grammy, a Tony and five Primetime Emmys.

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In Van Dyke’s youth, though, he didn’t think of being an actor. Thanks to his religious background, he actually considered being a priest. “I suppose I never completely gave up my childhood idea of being a minister,” he wrote in his 2011 autobiography. “Only the medium and the message changed. I have still endeavored to touch people’s souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces.”

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