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A few weeks back I got a chance to talk with Kelly Marcel, the screenwriter of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. After seeing the movie it would be hard to imagine it not being a Disney movie, but many of you might be surprised to learn that Saving Mr. Banks was originally written on spec outside of the mouse house. So “outside” in fact, it was written across the pond in England.

Marcel has a fascinating history as an aspiring British actress who found herself writing screenplays while working at a London video store. One of her television ideas got the attention of Steven Spielberg, and was made into a series that she was not proud of. We talk to Marcel about her career, how she developed Saving Mr. Banks outside of the Hollywood system, the opportunity to dig deep inside Disney’s vault, and the dramatic license of brining a true story to the big screen.

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