Thursday, 28 November 2013

New Saving Mr. Banks featurette arrives online

Walt Disney Pictures' tale of how Walt Disney convinced author P.L. Travers to let him turn her Mary Poppins tome into a film is at the heart of Saving Mr. Banks, which is already garnering awards chatter. At its core, alongside Emma Thompson as Travers, is Tom Hanks as Walt himself, and this latest featurette explores why he was cast (aside from being two time Academy Award® winner) and what he thought he needed to bring to the performance.

The quest to turn Mary Poppins into a cinematic reality was not an easy one. Travers was far from sold on the idea, and told anyone who asked in no uncertain terms what she thought of it. Disney launched a charm offensive (which as far as Travers was concerned had more an emphasis on "offensive"), flying her to California to meet him for a grand tour of Disneyland and introduce the author to the various creatives who would be bringing her characters to life. It's only as he dug deeper beneath her resistance that he discovered the very personal reasons why Travers wanted to hold on to her beloved tales.

As Hanks himself admits in this footage, he doesn't look much like Disney despite growing the iconic moustache. Instead, he looked for the heart of Disney and the sparkle of whimsy in his eyes. From all reports, he's done a fine job.

With Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker also among the cast, Saving Mr. Banks is out on 29 November.

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