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She's playing the iconic nanny 54 years after Julie Andrews made the role famous.
But when Emily Blunt got the call asking her to portray Mary Poppins in this Christmas' highly-anticipated sequel Mary Poppins Returns, the actress believed she was being approached to be the next James Bond.
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'I knew something big was in the pipeline. And it was like either [director Rob Marshall] is asking me to be James Bond or Mary Poppins!' she told Rochelle Humes and Phillip Schofield on Thursday's edition of This Morning.
'Hilariously, I think I was playing a blackout drunk for Girl On The Train when I got approached about playing Mary Poppins! I of course was completely overjoyed and overwhelmed… I was just really shocked but quite quickly my thrill at playing her overwhelmed the fear.
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'It is such iconic territory that you’re walking into, but it was that excitement of trying to create my own version of her.'
The A Quiet Place star admitted that she hadn’t watched the original Mary Poppins - which was released in 1964 and also starred Dick Van Dyke, who makes a cameo in the 2018 sequel - since she was a child.
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Emily confessed: 'I had such a profound memory of it and was spellbound by it - like the rest of the world - but I felt that I didn’t want to be intimidated by what Julie Andrews did!
'So I just read the books, and she is quite different in the books and really eccentric and weird and funny… so I did tend to go in that direction.'
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