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Dick Van Dyke speaks out on the 'Mary Poppins' sequel

Dick Van Dyke says he doesn't like sequels. Do you agree?

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Sequels, reboots and revivals seem to be all the rage now. Classic shows like Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone and Lost In Space are being remade for a new generation of audiences. But not everyone is happy.

While studios can't seem to get enough, the decision has been polarizing among fans of the original. Now, some stars are speaking out too.

Earlier this month, E! Online reported the original stars of Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, were in talks to appear in the sequel. But now it seems that might not be the case. 

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Van Dyke spoke out about the possibility to the UK's Daily Mirror, and he sounds a bit skeptical.

"I'd have to see the script," Van Dyke said. "Without Walt Disney, and the Sherman brothers to write the score, and Julie, it will be difficult, I think."

He added, "Sequels are traditionally no as good as the first. But I wish them well."

Perhaps Van Dyke's apprehension to joining the sequel is due to his experience on the first film. The performer fondly told the Daily Mirror memories about Disney being a morale builder and coming to the set every day knowing something magical was taking place. 

Van Dyke also joked about his infamous cockney accent. "They only sent a coach to me once for that accent, and he was an Irishman. His cockney accent was not much better than mine."

Although Van Dyke may not be a part of Mary Poppins Returns, which will star Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda, he has plenty of other projects lined up.

When he's not singing at Denny's, Van Dyke tours with his a capella band, The Vantastix. The 90-year-old also wrote a book about the secret to growing old and feeling young. 

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