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Dick Van Dyke Paid Walt Disney For His Second Role In ‘Mary Poppins’

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! We’re weeks away from the Dec. 19 release of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns and no one is more excited than Dick Van Dyke, who played the iconic role of Bert in the original 1964 version. But recently, Van Dyke confessed he had to pay Walt Disney for his second role in the film as Mr. Dawes Sr.

Playing Mr. Dawes Sr.

In the original Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke requested to play the role of Mr. Dawes Sr. at no extra cost. When he read the script, he immediately “saw myself doing that character.” Mr. Dawes Sr. is the director of London’s main financial center, and Van Dyke comedically transformed himself into an elderly man in 1964.

But now, 50 years later, Van Dyke was happy to play a part in the sequel to the beloved classic.

Happy To Be Back

Van Dyke recently told Lin Manuel-Miranda, who plays Jack (a character similar to Van Dyke’s Bert) in the sequel, that when he heard about the sequel, he was excited. He said, “Of course, my first question was: ‘Can I be in it?’”

Who would say no to the one and only Dick Van Dyke?

The trailers show Van Dyke comedically dancing on top of a desk as Mr. Dawes Jr. In fact, the iconic actor looks exactly the same as he did in the original film, then as Mr. Dawes Sr. However, he didn’t have to pay to play the role this time.

Persuading Walt Disney

Van Dyke is most recognized for playing Bert in the original film. But the actor had to financially persuade Walt Disney $4,000 to play the role of Mr. Dawes Sr. In fact, Van Dyke wasn’t even paid for his second role, and he was completely satisfied with this decision.

“I had to pay him to do the part,” Van Dyke revealed. But Van Dyke wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. “And I’d do it again.”

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