Meryl Streep is a brilliant actress, but apparently she’s also an incredible physical comedian.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, the cast and crew of the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns” talk about working with the legendary actress.
Co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda recalled one particular event on set when Streep decided to demonstrate her skills at performing a pratfall.
“One of the greatest moments I experienced on set was Meryl. She was sort of in weird Mary Poppins aunt mode the whole time, and at one point she goes, ‘Hey, kids, wanna see a perfect pratfall?’ And just boom, face down, went from 90 degrees to flat,” he said.
“You haven’t seen Buster Keaton do a pratfall like this,” Miranda continued. “Everyone rushed over like, ‘Meryl Streep has died!’ And then she just got up and was like, [wiping hands] ‘I learned that at Yale.'”
Streep also talked about wanting to join the film’s cast after working with director Rob Marshall on 2014’s “In the Woods”.
“Rob knew that I wanted in on whatever it was he did next. But I had no idea what he had in his head,” she said. “And when he [and producer John DeLuca] invited me to talk through this idea, I thought, ‘They’re crazy, these two. They’re just insane. They’ve lost their minds.’ But It was such a big vision, and it was so ambitious that I said, ‘Oh, well, I want to be in it. Absolutely. Right away.'”
“Mary Poppins Returns” arrives in theatres Dec. 19.