The Jack Ryan star admitted to uncontrollably sobbing the first time he saw the film on Wednesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and that same day, ET’s Nancy O’Dell sat down with Mary Poppins herself at a press junket for the Disney sequel.
Noting that her hubby is an emotional guy "but in a sort of cool way,” Blunt gushed, "I love that, when guys cry. I think it’s a beautiful thing, [when they’re] not so tough, yeah!”
It was actually a moment from Ben Whishaw’s character, Michael Banks, that prompted Krasinski's tears.
"Ben Whishaw’s first song is so gorgeous when he’s talking about the loss of his wife. I think he sort of cried from then on wards, you know. He’s still crying now,” she quipped. "He kept saying, ‘What’s happening to me?’ when he was watching it."
Though taking on the role of Mary Poppins after Julie Andrews’ iconic turn in the 1964 original was a daunting task for Blunt, she "instantaneously yes" even though she did feel a "sense of trepidation."
"It was sort of a dual feeling of, like, well, I desperately want to do it, but how do I carve out a new space for myself? How do I create my version of her?” the 35-year-old actress explained. "I’d seen it as a child, so I have this sort of searing memory of her, but didn’t want to watch it as an adult before playing her because I kind of knew I might be swayed by what Julie did and feel like I have to emulate or compromise what I was wanting to do with her, which I took from the books. They were a huge source, and she’s very different in the books."
The British star is also being reunited with her Devil Wears Prada and Into the Woods co-star, Meryl Streep, who is playing Mary’s crazy cousin, Topsy.
"She’s so brilliant and completely uninhibited and you know, that’s her actually swinging around the chandelier,” Blunt revealed of Streep. "She can swing from the chandelier like Sia for sure."