So it seems we live in a world where Dame Julie Andrews says yes to appearing in Aquaman and reportedly says no to making a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns. Yes, that is the cruel and dark world we live in.
While Julie’s co-star in the original Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, will be showing up in the sequel, the Daily Mail reports that Julie will not be appearing. A Disney source says: “Everyone wanted Julie on board because she IS Mary Poppins. But even though there was talk of a million dollars on the table for her to make a cameo, she shut down all offers. She wasn’t interested in appearing, no matter how big a financial carrot was dangled in front of her.”
That’s right, folks. That “financial carrot” was one million dollars and Julie still took her umbrella and flew out of those negotiations. Instead, the 83-year-old actress will watch Emily Blunt try her hand at becoming the new Mary Poppins. And multiple trailers have shown that Emily may have just knocked it out of the park.
The new Mary Poppins films will take place 25 years after the original, and also star Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. And while Julie will not be appearing, she reportedly is completely in support of Emily’s take on it.
“This is Emily’s show. I don’t want it to be, ‘Oh, here comes that Mary Poppins,'” Julie reportedly told director Rob Marshall. “I don’t want that. I really want her to take this and run with it, because she will be brilliant. I know it’ll be cared for.”
And let’s not forget that Dick, who played Bert the chimney sweeper, had to pay Disney to let him play a second role in the original film. That’s right, no one offered him millions.
“I said, ‘I’ll do it for nothing,'” Dick recently stated. “Actually, I had to give him $4,000 dollars. I had to pay him to do the part.”
And now we will all be paying to see Mary Poppins Returns when it’s released on December 19.