At the ripe old age of 90, TV icon Dick Van Dyke appears to be defying Father Time, which he demonstrated during an appearance on “The Today Show” this morning in which he and Al Roker busted a few dance moves together.
Asked about Disney’s upcoming sequel to “Mary Poppins” — in which he famously played a singing, dancing chimney sweep — the star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” admitting he has “some doubts” about whether the new film — starring Emily Blunt as the titular nanny — can recapture the magic of the original.
“Sequels traditionally aren’t very good,” Van Dyke admits. “Without Walt Disney and without the Sherman brothers to write the music, I have some doubts. But I talked to the director and they said … it will be an homage.”
In fact, the star revealed he’s been approached about appearing in a cameo — and he’s all in.
“I think they want me to come in at the end as the old banker and just sing a little song and do a little dance. Which I’d love to do! Oh, I’d love it,” he says, adding that star Julie Andrews “may be in it” as well.
Still, he concedes that the 1964 original captured lightning in a bottle. “There was something about ‘Mary Poppins’ that was … Something magical was going on,” he notes. “It had something, a life of its own, and we just knew it was gonna be good.”