Wait, what?! Julie Andrews revealed that she nearly DIED while filming the iconic umbrella scene in ‘Mary Poppins.’ The acting legend detailed the horrifying ordeal during her appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on Feb. 21. Poor Julie!
Stephen Colbert asked about filming the 1964 Disney classic, especially the umbrella scene. “These were all practical effects, you were on wires and stuff?” he asked. “Yes,” Julie Andrews, 81, replied, “there was a very dangerous day right at the end of filming when I was in this excruciatingly painful harness. And I was hanging around up there for the longest time with the umbrella. I thought I felt the wire leave and drop about six inches. I was nervous and very tired.”
She continued: “So I called down and I said, ‘Excuse me, when you do let me down, could you let me down really gently, because I felt myself slip and I just don’t feel too safe up here.'”
Talk about terrifying! Things just got worse from there. She says she then “plummeted to the stage” before adding, “There was an awful silence for a minute and I did let fly with a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, I have to admit.”
The situation could have ended very differently for Julie. Thank goodness she wasn’t hurt! The role of Mary Poppins earned Julie her first and only Oscar — so far. The movie is currently being remade, with Emily Blunt taking on the role of the musical nanny.
Being the queen she is, Julie has given her blessing to Emily. “I felt like I wanted to cry,” Emily told Entertainment Weekly. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”
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