Costume designer Daniel Orlandi dressed Emma’s Travers as a “stubbornwoman who wouldn’t give up English tweeds”.
As Pamela Travers becomes more comfortable with Walt Disney and with California, she becomes slightly less buttoned-up and she wears a bright olive dress that accentuates Emma’s curves.
Orlandi says that he had to make the dress that P. L. Travers wears to the Mary Poppins premiere much more conservative than the one worn by the real Travers because he feared Emma Thompson looked too sexy compared to the austere lady she was bringing on stage.
“She is so belligerant and she is so vulnerable, she is so bossy and yet she is so susceptible to all sorts of weather, she is such a bundle of inconsistencies and she suffers so much and yet she seems to be so strong, I mean she was a wonderful character to play”.
Paul Giamatti is an American actor and producer. His paternal grandfather’s family were Italian emigrants and the family surname was originally spelled “Giammattei“.
So far Emma and Giamatti have acted together in a single movie but they have shown great chemistry and they have been proved to be a well assorted couple.
I hope that in the future they are planning to make more films together because I really love Giamatti’s acting.
On Saving Mr Banks he plays Ralph, Travers’ chauffeur, and the two, after some initial diffidence, gradually develop a great empathy so much so that in the end she allows him to call her by name, despite her dislike of Americans, except Ralph, evidently.
Ralph with his politeness penetrates the depths of her heart while for all the others she is unpleasant and high-handed.
For me one of the most touching scenes is that in which he takes her to the airport and they say goodbye. Great acting and lots of feeling from both actors!