Lin-Manuel Miranda is ready to show off his London ‘Mary Poppins’ accent to the world
History has not been kind to Americans bringing London accents to “Mary Poppins.”
Dick Van Dyke was skewered for decades for his over-the-top accent as chimney sweep Bert in 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” The legendary comedic actor even apologized in 2017 for “inflicting the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”
Next up, Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as East End London lamplighter Jack in “Mary Poppins Returns” (opening Dec. 19). The “Hamilton” star knows he has his work cut out for him.
“I know (my accent) will be scrutinized for as long as I’m alive, if Dick Van Dyke is any indication,” Miranda, 38, says with a laugh. “And that’s fine.”
He’s ready for it.
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