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A prac­ti­cally per­fect Emily Blunt as Mary Pop­pins; Chris­tian Bale is un­recog­nis­able in Vice; Khal Drogo pre­tends to be Aqua­man; and an­i­mated ad­ven­ture Spi­der-Man: Into The Spi­der Verse

Af­ter ap­pear­ing in a few Bri­tish tele­vi­sion dra­mas, in­clud­ing 2005’s Gideon’s

Daugh­ter (for which she was awarded a Golden Globe), Lon­don-born ac­tress Emily made her big screen de­but as Meryl Streep’s sassy as­sis­tant in The Devil

Wears Prada. Hav­ing al­ready played dra­matic char­ac­ters in thrillers The Girl on the Train and

Si­cario, Emily’s lat­est role sees her tack­ling her tough­est part yet as the prac­ti­cally per­fect nanny Mary Pop­pins.

How would you de­scribe Mary Pop­pins?

“She’s a su­per­hero. You could say she’s some sort of an­gel. She recog­nises what peo­ple need, and she gives it to them, yet they dis­cover some­thing about them­selves in the process. I don’t think she con­cerns her­self with what she is. There’s no­body else like her, which she quite likes.”

Were you ner­vous to play such an iconic char­ac­ter?

“I was in­stan­ta­neously thrilled by the idea of it and si­mul­ta­ne­ously slightly ter­ri­fied. She’s so iconic, the char­ac­ter means so much to peo­ple. I mean, that film is seared into peo­ple’s mem­ory… but I think there’s room for more magic.”

What do you think about the fin­ished film?

“I mean, I’m not one to sort of rec­om­mend my films to peo­ple like ‘you gotta go see it!’ but with Mary Pop­pins I truly am be­yond proud of it and I can’t wait for peo­ple to see the movie. It is the most hope­ful, joy­ous, ex­cit­ing film.”

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