Dick van Dyke says the trick to staying youthful is to 'keep moving' video

The much-adored chimney sweeper that sang his way into our childhoods gave his thoughts staying youthful, as well as his new role in the next Mary Poppins Returns. 

Dick van Dyke, 91, who played Bert and Mr Dawes Sr in the original film alongside Julie Andrews, confirmed he will play the son of a banker in the Mary Poppins reboot.

"I play the son of the old banker - another old man - and I do a song and dance number too," he said. "So it looks good, it looks good."

Everyone's favourite chimney sweeper, Dick van Dyke

Everyone's favourite chimney sweeper, Dick van Dyke

The sequel, starring Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, is set 20 years after the original.

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Van Dyke said Blunt was a good fit for the role, but would never compare to Andrews' 1964 performance.

Mary Poppins - the archetypal fun nanny.

Mary Poppins - the archetypal fun nanny.

"Well, she's doing a good job - big shoes to fill," he said.

Joining them in the cast are Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Angela Lansbury.

The film will centre on a grown-up Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy, and the help they get from Mary Poppins in Depression-era London.

Actress Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins.

Actress Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins.

Despite much excitement for the Mary Poppins Returns film, van Dyke said he was initially cautious with the idea.

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"When they told me they were going to do it I said, 'sequels, traditionally, are never as good'. But they said, this is not a sequel - it's an homage to the old movie, which is a good way to put it," he said.

"So their heart's in the right place...I think it'll be really good."

Directed by Rob Marshall and penned by Finding Neverland writer David Magee, it will draw from other material in PL Travers' seven additional novels.

Van Dyke will also feature on the new HBO documentary If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast due out in June starring fellow Hollywood legends Carl Reiner, Mel Brookes and Norman Lear.

The documentary explores why so many people are defying their age and leading vital lives after the age of 90.

He visits with van Dyke, 91, who became a star in Reiner's Emmy Award-winning 1961-65 CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

His advice was to "keep moving". His wife is nearly 50 years younger than him.

Van Dyke starred in several musical films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and most recently featured in A Night at the Museum in 2006 and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2014.

Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled to hit theatres in December, 2018.




 - Stuff


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