Saving Mr. Banks is a new biographical comedy film that stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. This new film is the time when Walt Disney’s daughters beg him to make a movie of their favorite book, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. He makes them a promise but he didn’t realize that this promise would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights to the book and bring it to life through the big screen, Disney and Travers will go through different reflections in their lives that will eventually lead them to making one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Saving Mr. Banks also stars Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Paul Giamatti. Read more about this upcoming movie below:
“Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks
Emma Thompson provided a fascinating and funny look into how she approached playing author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks as well as other influences that have shaped her work as an actress and writer in a wide-ranging discussion hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in New York.
To embody Travers, Thompson delved into her personality, posture and psychological makeup and shared her insights into the Mary Poppins mastermind with New York Times critic Janet Maslin during Friday night’s talk at the Times Center in Manhattan.
“I had access to all of the letters, and I had access to all of the tapes, which after a while make you want to plunge red-hot forks into your ears,” Thompson said of her research into Travers’ dealings with Walt Disney and the tone of their conversations. “They’re very difficult to listen to because … it’s not just that she’s being difficult and recalcitrant and bringing up objection after objection, often without making sense, but it’s also the nature of her voice, what’s going on in her voice and it gave me so much information about the condition she was in at the time … you can tell that there’s distress there. Profound distress. Because it comes out as irritability.”
Indeed, Thompson argued that Travers’ profound sadness informed her life.
“She wrote a very good essay on sadness, because she was, in fact, a very sad woman,” the actress said. “She’d had a very rough childhood, the alcoholism of her father being part of it and the attempted suicide of her mother being another part of it. I think that she spent her whole life in a state of fundamental inconsolability and hence got a lot done.”
She also said she found Travers’ mean attitude toward Walt Disney freeing.
“It was interesting, actually, because it was very liberating. I know she was mean, but she was also authentic in one way or another,” Thompson said. “There’s an authenticity to her irritability that’s rather embracing and a relief because you can tell when people are being insincere — actually, finally — and in the end one did know where one stood … I spoke to friends of hers … and they said she was very tricky, she was, but she was very honest.”
You can read the rest of the article at The Hollywood Reporter.
Saving Mr. Banks is directed by John Lee Hancock and is scheduled to be released on December 20th 2013.
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