Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke about writing the songs for ‘Moana,’ the animated Disney movie as well as the upcoming ‘Hamilton’ documentary. He also dished on being cast in ‘Mary Poppins,’ opposite Emily Blunt during his live interview on ‘GMA.’
The Tony Award winning star and creator of the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ paid a visit to Good Morning America’s Times Square Studio and opened up about his numerous projects — present and near future. Just days ago he was a first-time host on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It’s clear that life after ‘Hamilton’ has been exceedingly fruitful!
He said of his work on the Disney animated movie ‘Moana,’ “It’s thrilling — it’s an interesting hybrid. It is in one sense an old-fashioned Disney musical but also an action movie with this amazing young woman at the center of it. Just sort of kicking butt and taking names. And sailing the ocean.”
He also spoke about what it was like composing songs for Dwayne Johnson, saying, “The Rock is fantastic. He plays Maui, a demigod. I didn’t know if he could sing so I went on YouTube to sort of find any examples of The Rock singing. What I found was this super cut of when he was a bad guy wrestler.”
Continuing, he elaborated, saying, “There was a while where he did a heel turn and he would take out a guitar and taunt whatever town he was in…That’s his vocal range. But the fun thing about writing for The Rock is he’s so charming, you can give him Gaston level arrogant lyrics and it’s still charming. There is literally a line where he’s like ‘you’re welcome’ for existing and you’re like, ‘thank you.'”
He also discussed the documentary, ‘Hamilton’s America,’which will premiere on PBS on October 21st. He said, “The film is directed by Alex Horowitz who I actually went to college with and he started filming me before I even knew this was going to be a play so he has footage of me writing my shot in Aaron burr’s bedroom and footage of me moving into our apartment like it’s sort of the journey that I took writing the show, the journey of “Hamilton” and journey of “Hamilton,” the musical all in one.”
He also spoke about being cast in ‘Mary Poppins’ in the role that Dick van Dyke brought to the big screen in the original. He said, “I mean I’m playing the same position. It’s a different character. This takes place about 20 years after the original “Mary Poppins” film took place but I get to be around for the adventures with Mary and the kids and sing and dance and do all the fun things. It’s a new story.”
You can see the full interview below as Lin-Manuel Miranda about Disney’s Moana,’ ‘Hamilton’s America’ and ‘Mary Poppins!’