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Dick Van Dyke

'Mary Poppins' Author

HATED MY GUTS!!!

11/15/2012 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The author who created "Mary Poppins" had a spoon full of HATRED for everyone affiliated with her movie ... this according to "Poppins" star Dick Van Dyke.

DVD -- who played Bert in the 1964 classic -- was out in Malibu yesterday ... and told us he was super-excited about Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney in an upcoming movie about the making of "Mary Poppins."

But Dick explained ... there was some MAJOR DRAMA behind the scenes, telling us author P.L. Travers -- who created the Mary Poppins children's books -- battled Disney for 20 years before begrudgingly allowing him to make the film.

"She didn't want to do it," Van Dyke says ... "She just hated the idea ... she hated Julie [Andrews] and she hated me."

In fact, Travers hated the movie so much, she put it in her will that NO AMERICANS shall ever be granted permission to work on a Poppins project ever again.

We also asked Dick if there was any truth to the urban legend that Walt's head was cryogenically frozen -- but it's clear DVD ain't buyin' the rumors.

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Lynn    

Dick Van Dyke is awesome!

622 days ago
17.

Bu    

I love that man!

622 days ago
18.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Oh she was fulla crap. He brought passion to every role he played. What about all the Brits who played all kinds of foreign roles but never bothered to take on that role's specific accent? As if a British accent makes even a Morrocan accent sound more authentic? Flip off. I can't imagine the kind of person who could hate Dick Van Dyke, or Julie Andrews for that matter. Mary Poppins is one for the ages and always will be.

622 days ago
19.

catherine    

SHUT UP YOU OLE COMMIE...................JUST GO AWAY

622 days ago
20.

rdhmommy    

We Love you don't worry...She was wrong the movie was and still is a success.

622 days ago
21.

leafsfan1977    

What a class act! Still just as approachable and likable as ever!! He's always had this demeanor about him.......just a genuinely NICE guy. Even when he played a villain in "Night at the Museum", you couldn't help but love the guy! It'll be a sad day when he leaves this world.

622 days ago
22.

DaveT    

I'm looking at Julie Andrews nipples on Google Image and there's nothing anyone can do to stop me

622 days ago
23.

Kabala    

He's a great guy.

622 days ago
24.

Kristin Kesler Hoeft    

Dick is a cousin of mine and we just love him!!! He really personifies old Hollywood class!

622 days ago
25.

Elphaba    

And this is news, more like olds!

618 days ago
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