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Mary Poppins Returns will feature the revival of an iconic Disney movie character. As such, it was always going to have a nostalgic factor for fans, but for John Krasinski, that factor was ramped up to the point where he sobbed uncontrollably while watching the movie. He recently revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on Ellen,
The first time I saw it, they give you a tissue box in the screening room, and I thought, 'Oh, that's very nice. I don't have a cold. And they started screening the movie and 25 minutes into the movie, I stood up and went to the back of the room.
John Krasinksi is married to Emily Blunt, who plays the new version of the popular nanny in Mary Poppins Returns. So, not only did he get to see Mary Poppins' debut early and not only did that debut tap into his earlier memories, but he also was seeing his wife master the role on the big screen. It was a lot to take in. Cue the tears.
According to Krasinksi, things got so bad during the viewing that he humorously went through an entire box of tissues before wildly searching around the room for other objects that could contain his tears and sniffles.
Emily said, 'Do you not like it? I've never seen this happen? I was pushing through all of the muffins and bagels that were in the back looking for napkins. I was like, 'I need anything to stop this crying!' I was crying so much I blew through the tissue box in 20 minutes, had to go to the napkins, and then when I ran out of napkins it was all sweater.
He also told Ellen that beyond the sobbing he kept having emotional moments where he'd murmur between tears things like "Oh it's so beautiful." While this humorous rendition of his viewing experience may not be exactly accurate, the sentiment is there.
Later on in the interview, the amused actor also joked about Emily Blunt's Mary Poppins performance not being her best, and if you want to catch the whole jokey segment, you can head to EllenTube.
If you've seen any of the trailers, musical moment videos or other footage for Mary Poppins Returns that Disney has sent out to the public, you may have gotten a glimpse of the emotional way the company has brought the new story to life on the big screen. From nods to the original via the cockney accent of Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Jack character and animated sequences and more, the new movie will pay homage to the Disney classic. Seemingly that means it should also bring forth lots of feelings in its viewership.
We'll just have to wait and see exactly how popular Mary Poppins Returns ends up being in theaters. You can catch it with your own eyes starting on December 19, 2018. Just be sure to bring your own tissues. Sadly, they won't be given out with the price of admission.