Lin-Manuel Miranda brings singing, dancing, secret action skills to ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
LOS ANGELES – After starring as founding father Alexander Hamilton in his Broadway hip-hop smash “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda could have written his ticket for any gig he wanted.
Miranda chose to switch it up and portray an East End London lamplighter named Jack in “Mary Poppins Returns” (in theaters Wednesday), his first major role following his stage success.
The chance to appear alongside Emily Blunt, who plays the famed nanny in the original musical sequel to “Mary Poppins,” definitely played into that decision. But Miranda, 38, makes it clear that the prospect of his character climbing London’s famed Big Ben during the climatic finale was dead-on appealing.
“The thing you need to know about me is, really, all my life I have wanted to be a stuntman,” says Miranda, holding out his hands for emphasis during an interview at the Four Seasons hotel. “I watched every special on stunts growing up. That was going to be my career, until I learned I didn’t like getting hurt, heights or going fast.”
But now, we can add Golden Globe-nominated action musical star to the multitude of Miranda accomplishments.
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