Dick Van Dyke claims that P.L. Travers, the author who created Mary Poppins, hated him and the rest of the cast of the 1964 film.
TMZ is reporting that Van Dyke, who played Bert in Mary Poppins, said that he is excited about the upcoming movie about that making of the children’s movie classic. Which is more than he could say about P.L. Travers when her books were adapted into a film.
“She didn’t want to do it,” Van Dyke told TMZ. “She just hated the idea … she hated Julie [Andrews] and she hated me.”
Adding that there was drama surrounding the making of the film, including Walt Disney having to fight 20 years before Travers eventually allowed the project to get off the ground.
Travers never tried to hide her hate for the Mary Poppins movie, she even wrote that no Americans could ever be granted permission to work on a Mary Poppins project ever again.
Obviously that demand wasn’t taken too seriously considering Tom Hanks is set to portray Walt Disney in the new film Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins set to premiere next year.