Lin-Manuel Miranda visited The Ellen Degeneres Show on Tuesday (Nov. 27) to talk about the hardest 10-second-scene he has ever filmed, a brief musical number in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns.
“You would think it was the incredibly elaborate dance numbers and that was hard,” Manuel told the show’s host. “But there’s one scene in this movie where I light a lamp, ride a bike, steal an apple from a cart, throw it to an orphan child all while singing in a cockney accent. That moment was the hardest 10 seconds of my life.”
Degeneres then showed a snippet of a grinning Manuel riding a bike wearing a hat and blazer, making the challenging scene look effortless and fun. “I’m sure there are takes of me just absolutely whacking poor orphan children, just throwing the apples too hard,” Manuel said.
The Hamilton composer also talked about bringing the award-winning Broadway musical to Puerto Rico in an effort to raise money for arts organizations on the island in the wake of last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria. He then joined DeGeneres in her blindfolded Thanksgiving food-guessing game, “Taste Buds,” which raised money for Manuel’s charitable organization, The Flamboyan Arts Fund.
Mary Poppins Returns is set to hit theaters on Dec. 1 and will feature Manuel alongside co-stars Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth and more.
Check out the full interview on Ellen below.