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Emma Thompson: 'PL Travers is so irritating'

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Emma Thompson has discussed her role in latest film Saving Mr Banks.

Thompson plays Mary Poppins author PL Travers in the movie, about Walt Disney's quest to turn her book into a film.

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in 'Saving Mr Banks'

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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in 'Saving Mr Banks'



The role required the actress to listen to audio tapes of Travers in meetings with Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his team.

She told MSN: "It's really hard work listening to those tapes, because PL is so awful and so irritating.

"Just listening to them makes you want to throw something heavy at her. But there are lots of little clues about what was really going on, as well."

Thompson added that she could understand why the author did not want to hand over the rights to her book.

She said: "I'm a screenwriter so my characters are designed to move from the page to the screen, and I always find that rather thrilling. But I'm quite vicious if they're not coming round in the way that I want. She had a different journey to make.

"She felt she was giving up a part of herself to be misinterpreted... She described [Mary Poppins] as family, in the same way that Walt Disney described Mickey Mouse as family and Sylvester Stallone would describe Rocky as family."

Watch the Saving Mr Banks trailer below:



Saving Mr Banks is in cinemas now.

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