Mary Poppins Returns star Lin-Manuel Miranda drew some sweet inspiration for his feature film debut in the Disney movie co-starring Emily Blunt, and it's not who you think!
The creator of Broadway's Hamilton and In the Heights has been longing to focus solely on acting for several years and was thrilled that his debut was in a family film suitable for all ages.
Playbill reported that the multi-talented triple threat revealed he drew from the wonder of his own son to portray his role in Mary Poppins Returns.
"My biggest piece of research was my 2-year-old son," Miranda confessed to Playbill.
"What we know about Jack is he's the only adult who remembers the childhood adventures of Mary Poppins. He's the same age as the Banks kids—he's shining shoes outside while they're up at Cherry Tree Lane. My biggest research assistant was my own son, who is coming into his own imagination as he grows up, and tapping into that."
"In the Heights represents me sort of trying to make my way into this world I love so much, so to go from that and Hamilton to be offered a role like this, it feels like the fruit of that harvest," he said to Playbill.
Miranda plays Jack, a "leery" in London, also known as a lamplighter.
Miranda sees Jack as a sort of protege of the original Mary Poppins' Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke.