SAGAL: You did "Mary Poppins" and despite your amazing charm and the incredible success of the movie, you did get a little guff for your accent.
Mr. VAN DYKE: Oh, I don't talk to British people because they just make a mess of me.
Mr. VAN DYKE: Oh, they tease me to death about it.
SAGAL: Are they good natured about it at least?
Mr. VAN DYKE: Oh, sure. They just tease me. But I'll never hear the end of that. But I have a defense.
SAGAL: What is your defense, sir?
Mr. VAN DYKE: They got me a coach who was Irish.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Mr. VAN DYKE: His name was Pat O'Malley and he didn't do an accent any better than I did.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Interview with Dick Van Dyke on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", October 23rd, 2010