John Lee Hancock, director of Saving Mr. Banks, had the unique challenge of creating the Disney film about what it took to make Mary Poppins the classic that it would become. We caught up with Hancock for an exclusive video interview where the director takes us inside how years of making Hollywood movies helped him craft one that shined its spotlight firmly behind the scenes.
“It’s daunting. Thankfully this wasn’t about the production of a movie. It’s a movie about the creative process, and as someone who has worked in Hollywood for a long time, there’s a lot that I recognized about that process,” Hancock said.
Hancock has had the most varied of careers, including his most recent work on the Oscar-winning The Blind Side. And like he had with Sandra Bullock on that movie, he has a partner in creativity with Saving Mr. Banks star Tom Hanks. “He’s a great partner. He’s deferential to your wishes when he puts the actor hat on, even though he’s a mogul in his own right,” Hancock said. “He’s fantastic.”