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Dick Van Dyke opens up about his daily workout routine that lets him dance at 93

Cheryl Kahla
Dec 27, 2018
09:52 P.M.

Actor and comedian, Dick van Dyke, is most well-known for his portrayal of Bert in "Mary Poppins" back in the 1960s.

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In a recent interview with NY Times, van Dyke explained why it is so easy for him to still dance effortlessly at the age of 93.

When asked if dancing at his age requires "special preparation," Van Dyke said it does not, and added:

"I’m always dancing. I work out every day, mostly in the pool. I go to the gym and do a little bit of weight lifting, but at my age, not a lot."

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It's vital for him to remain active because he has arthritis, and working out in the pool and at the gym does wonder for that.

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Fans of Van Dyke will recall that he had a few a dancing numbers as Bert the chimney sweeper in the original "Mary Poppins" alongside Julie Andrews.

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Van Dyke now returns in the reboot of the beloved film, but this time alongside Emily Blunt in the role of Mr. Dawes Jr.

Sadly, Bert's accent didn't make it to "Mary Poppins Returns, "even though Van Dyke needed coaching to "perfect his non-Cockney" accent.

Van Dyke also heard a fair amount of jokes about his accent and added:

"I've taken it on the chin for 60 years about my atrocious Cockney accent in the first movie. No one has ever forgotten it."

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When van Dyke heard that the Disney was working on a sequel to the original Mary Poppins – more than five decades later, - he simply had to be in it.

Director Rob Marshall was both shocked and delighted that Dick van Dyke wanted to be part of the sequel, and admits that he was "so nervous talking to him."

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Marshall explained:

"I mean, it’s Dick Van Dyke! He’s a hero of mine. First of all, I’m like his biggest fan. I know there are millions of fans, but I really feel like one of his biggest. I know every Dick Van Dyke Show [episode] intimately."

In the sequel, Bert the Chimneysweep will be portrayed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Follow our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, to learn more.

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