Dick Van Dyke Made The Sweetest Appearance At The Golden Globes
Here's what he had to say about "Mary Poppins Returns."
At the 2019 Golden Globes, legendary performer Dick Van Dyke took the stage with his “Mary Poppins Returns” costar Emily Blunt to present the Best Musical/Comedy Picture nominee to viewers. The 93-year-old Hollywood veteran received a standing ovation from the audience.
Van Dyke played bank director Mr. Dawes, Sr. as well as Bert the chimney sweep in the original “Mary Poppins” film back in 1964. In “Mary Poppins Returns,” he returned to play Mr. Dawes, Jr., the son of his character from the first movie.
Ever the comedian, Van Dyke cracked a couple of jokes during his time on stage, quipping, “I know her!” when he spotted fellow comedian Carol Burnett in the audience. Meanwhile, Blunt, 35, complimented her elder costar’s eyesight when she herself needed glasses to read off the teleprompter.
Although Van Dyke was not originally sold on the idea of a sequel when he first heard about it, he ultimately thought “Mary Poppins Returns” was a beautiful tribute to the childhood classic that came to be a career highlight for him.
“I had some misgivings because almost traditionally sequels don’t work. They’re never quite as good as the original,” he told People. “[But] this is an homage to Walt and the original movie. I was so impressed that their heart was in the right place. They wanted to pay respect to the original. And I was so tickled when they asked me because it was kind of like bookends for me.”
Although the actor has decades of entertainment experience under his belt, he still found the red carpet overwhelming after all these years. Speaking to E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, Van Dyke referred to the awards show hoopla as a “nuthouse.” He also remarked that he was just as surprised as anyone that he was able to pull off his memorable dance number in the film at the age of 93.
Watch the whole sweet clip from E! below: