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.