We sat down with B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman — as well as the film’s director, John Lee Hancock — to find out what working with Emma Thompson was really like. Let’s just say Walt Disney’s head is blushing in his cryo-tank over what the ample-bosomed actress was wearing when she opened her robe.
B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman play musical brothers Robert and Richard Sherman, the two men responsible for writing the clever and catchy songs in the film version of Mary Poppins.
When we asked them what their favorite memory was from the set, Jason Schwartzman told us, “It’s got to be Emma Thompson flashing us. Sounds like a joke, but it’s true. She stood up while we were singing ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite,’ wearing nothing but pasties.”
B.J. Novak continued, “[Thompson] was just there for our eye-line and she just had a bathrobe on because she didn’t need to get into wardrobe. We didn’t know what she had prepared for us at the end of the song. She flashed the robe open and it was shocking. She had Mickey Mouse faces on.”
When we asked the film’s director, John Lee Hancock (Snow White and the Huntsman), what went through his mind when he was casting, he said it was the phrase, ““Please say yes!”
Who was the first to answer in the positive? Emma Thompson. “As soon as she said yes, I thought ‘Oh, thank god,’ then Tom Hanks signed on as Walt Disney and I don’t know what we would have done if he had said no. Everybody I saw in the role, all said yes.”
Watch the video to find out what the director claims was his “secret weapon” when preparing for the film and his favorite memory from shooting.
Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release Dec. 13.