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Renowned actor Dick Van Dyke, center right, poses for a photo from the stage of the Salt Palace Convention Center Grand Ballroom with his wife, Arlene, center left, and Salt Lake Comic Con co-founders Dan Farr, left, and Bryan Brandenburg, right, before Van Dyke’s panel on Sept. 22.
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg called it “a day of miracles” when a Dick Van Dyke panel cancelled two days earlier was held after all on Sept. 22.
The Salt Palace Convention Center Grand Ballroom filled with excited cheers as a crowd of fans stood up and watched Van Dyke take the stage, dancing to his seat at a small table centerstage.
“I feel like a rock star,” Van Dyke said following the enthusiastic entrance provided by his fans.
Opposite Van Dyke at the table was Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Dan Farr, who led the panel.
“People ask me, ‘Who’s the unicorn guest that you want to get to Salt Lake Comic Con?’ He’s sitting next to me right here,” Farr said.
The panel started with a video reel of highlights from Dick Van Dyke’s career, including clips from “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Diagnosis Murder.”
“I’m exhausted just looking at that film,” Van Dyke said after taking the stage.
The celebrated performer talked about his recent experience acting in “Mary Poppins Returns,” which is scheduled for release on Dec. 25, 2018 and includes a Van Dyke dance number.
“I got to do the old guy again, and I thought, ‘Well this time, I won’t have to put on any makeup.’ But still they put all kinds of junk. I said, ‘Do you realize you’re making up a 91-year-old man to look like a 91-year-old man?’” Van Dyke asked. “But I had a lot of fun.”
The renowned actor also talked about his hobby doing computer graphics animation.