We love the Tom Hanks Walt Disney picture, it’s not quite the transformation we expected – we can still see Hanks in it – but it has certainly whetted the appetite for Saving Mr Banks: the upcoming biographical drama about the production of the popular Walt Disney film Mary Poppins.
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Next to Hanks – who appears to be towing the company line, waving to fans – is a rather disgruntled Emma Thompson, who plays P.L. Travers in the film. Her struggle, which stems from Disney’s desire to adapt her novel, is a central plot point from the film. 'Saving Mr Banks' – also starring Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman and Colin Farrell - is due out on January 17.
Talking to Time, Thompson said P.L. Travers “was a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction,” She added: “Often I play people who are controlled by some very clear guiding moral principles. Like Margaret Schlegel [in 'Howards End'], guided by the early principles of feminism and equal rights, and Elinor Dashwood [in 'Sense and Sensibility'], guided by the principles of decency and honour.”
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Travers was deeply despondent about the film version of her book, which as gone on to be loved by many. She especially hated the music and animations – possibly the most memorable aspect of the picture – and subsequently ruled out any more cinematic reimagining of her novel. “There are very clear moral prisms these women pour life through, and I understand that very well. And [Travers] was not like that at all. She was far more chaotic and confused and morally various.”