Monday, July 24, 2017

AND ABOUT TIME TOO! DICK VAN DYKE SAYS SORRY FOR ATROCIOUS COCKNEY ACCENT

Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins
  It's about time! Dick Van Dyke has finally apologised for his abysmal attempts at a cockney accent as Bert the chimney sweep in Disney's 1964 Mary Poppins. 
  Amazingly no one told him at the time that he sounded ridiculous.
  "'I was working with an entire English cast and nobody said a word, not Julie Andrews, not anybody said I needed to work on it, so I thought I was alright," he says. 
  The American actor, 91, who has been chosen by Bafta to receive The Britannia Award For Excellence In Television adds: "I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of Bafta for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema."
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the lamplighter
 Van Dyke has a cameo role in the Mary Poppins sequel, which stars Emily Blunt as the famous nanny with Van Dyke playing Mr Dawes Jr. 
  The role of Bert the chimney sweep has been replaced by Jack the Lamplighter, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda who has been living and working in London while preparing his musical Hamilton for the West End.  So his cockney accent is near perfect.
The film is due for release next year.. 

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