My wife wanted to go see it and I had no objection, so we went. It’s a decent remake, but I’m not writing a review of the picture. I just want to talk about a single scene featuring a cameo.

The character played by the cameo actor is an old man, white hair, heavy white beard. He is stooped, and he does a tap dance on a desktop. Quite a graceful one. He moves like a young man playing an old man. 

But he’s not. He was surprised to need this much makeup because if anything he is older than the character he’s playing.

He is Dick Van Dyke, looking very much like a character he played in the original (not his main role); in fact, he’s playing the son of the old man he played in the original. The stoop is strictly acting. 

When that dance scene on the desktop was filmed, Dick Van Dyke was ninety-two years old. 

His was not the only cameo. There’s a role for Meryl Streep and a very short cameo for Angela Lansbury, who is older than Dick Van Dyke

By two months. 

Ninety-two year old guys don’t move like that. Nor are they that energetic. 

I haven’t been able to isolate the dance routine on line. There’s a piece of it in the trailer, but I guess the movie is too new for that to have been released. 

It’s of course good to see him in that movie because of the history but really, this guy is startling. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on December 30, 2018 at 10:17pm

Muscle memory, desire, and courage can make for an amazingly spry 92 year old.

As an all purpose showman, Dick Van Dyke was one of the best....

Comment by Robert B. James on December 30, 2018 at 11:10pm

I’d take your dick over mine anyday Kosh!

Comment by Steel Breeze on December 31, 2018 at 6:55am

didnt know he was still around....

Comment by koshersalaami on December 31, 2018 at 7:37am

Surprisingly so. Given his age, I’d say shockingly so. You can see him interviewed on YouTube. He doesn’t seem anything like his age. 

Comment by alsoknownas on December 31, 2018 at 8:44am
Comment by Tom Cordle on December 31, 2018 at 8:47am

Dick VanDyke started out as a dancer, and his many pratfalls on his show were testimony to his athletic prowess. But, yes, it is surprising that at his age he could still be deemed "spry", and that's all the more so, since he was known as a heavy drinker.

My Grampa Frank used to do a version of the broom dance well into his 70's. If you're not familiar with the broom dance, here's a sample:

Grampa Frank's daughter, my mother, who's 93, is certainly not spry, but she spends several hours every day drawing and coloring pictures of cartoon characters on ordinary brown lunch bags that are given to disadvantaged kids. On the bottom of every bag, she writes "I love you".

Guess you might say 90 is the new 70.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 31, 2018 at 8:58am

I would click "like" on Cordle's comment if I could.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 31, 2018 at 9:13am

I know that ages are different now. My mother is 85 and you’d never know it. She’s in good shape, she walks long distances up serious hills and she doesn’t look her age. No one in my family looks our age; it’s a disadvantage at work when you’re 25 and a major advantage when you’re 64 like I am. But dancing like that at 92 is still way cool. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 31, 2018 at 10:17am

Great dancer. Christopher  Walken, too. 

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on December 31, 2018 at 4:13pm

i know, this is amazing and inspiring. and all true. there was a 60 minutes or something on him that showed him dancing all over the place. with his very young wife and by himself. he is beyond spry. won't see the movie because i can't leave the house but glad he's in there.


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