I KNOW THAT FACE ... IT’S BIG BEN
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.