Irish Daily Mail - - Dermot Ahern -

RATHER than the orig­i­nal film, Emily Blunt took her cue from au­thor P.L. Travers’s orig­i­nal eight books in­stead.

Emily, 35, says: ‘I de­cided not to be in­tim­i­dated by Julie An­drews in the role [left] . . . no one is go­ing to out-do her.’

Blunt found a dif­fer­ent side to the nanny — ‘a lit­tle more acer­bic and vain and weird’.

It’s a por­trait the Aus­tralian­born Travers would prob­a­bly have pre­ferred, hav­ing loathed the sac­cha­rine por­trayal of her cre­ation in the first film.

De­spite a ru­moured of­fer of over €1.1mil­lion to make a cameo, Julie An­drews, 83, turned down the in­vi­ta­tion.

Di­rec­tor Rob Mar­shall says: ‘Julie was in­cred­i­bly gra­cious, but made it clear up-front. She said: “I re­ally want it to be Emily’s show. I re­ally want her to take this and run with it, be­cause she will be bril­liant.” ’

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