I KNOW THAT FACE ... IT’S BIG BEN

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender -

THE film has been called a ‘love let­ter to Lon­don’, be­cause it in­cludes so many of the city’s land­marks.

Ar­eas out­side the Bank of Eng­land and Buck­ing­ham Palace were taken over dur­ing night shoots by ex­tras on vin­tage bikes and buses bor­rowed from the Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum.

Lin-Manuel Mi­randa (left) says the lo­ca­tions piled on the pres­sure: ‘The adren­a­line was pump­ing. You’re never com­ing back to Buck­ing­ham Palace to get a sec­ond take.’ To recre­ate a scene with Big Ben for the cli­max, the film-mak­ers built a gi­ant recre­ation of the clock face in a stu­dio — all to scale, af­ter vis­it­ing West­min­ster to see it close-up.

Pro­duc­tion de­signer John Myhre says: ‘The clock face and sec­tions of the tower are com­pletely au­then­tic and an ex­act re­pro­duc­tion of what is be­hind the clock face.

‘It’s a lit­tle bit of movie magic.’

n MARY Poppins Re­turns is re­leased in the UK on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21.

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