Before “Mr. Bean” was anything but a blank slate for Rowan Atkinson: The British comedian had his first successes with “Blackadder” and “Never Say Never” in the 1980s. But it was as the clumsy Mr. Bean in the series of the same name, which was produced by the BBC between 1989 and 1995 and broadcast in 245 countries, that the comedy genius finally had his breakthrough. Numerous films were the result, including successes such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Johnny English” and “Love Actually”. And as Mr. Bean, Atkinson was also given two films: 1997 with “Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Film” and 2007 with “Mr. Bean is on vacation”. Since 2002 there has also been a cartoon series about the cult clumsy, in which Atkinson lends his voice.
But the comedy mime doesn’t seem to have too many positive feelings about his star role. According to the US website Deadline, Atkinson revealed in an interview with The Times magazine on his new series “Man Vs Bee” that he described Mr. Bean as a “self-absorbed, narcissistic anarchist” and “a nine-year-old trapped in a man’s body “ stop. This isn’t the first time the British actor has criticized the role. In a 2021 interview with Radio Times, he told Radio Times that playing the character isn’t nearly as fun as it seems: “I don’t enjoy playing him very much. The weight of responsibility is not comfortable. I find it stressful and exhausting and look forward to the end.”
Rowan Atkinson, on the other hand, was much more positive in an interview with The Times about his new role in the miniseries Man Vs Bee, which starts on Netflix on June 24. In it, the Briton plays the house sitter Trevor, who, while trying to drive away a bee, reduces a mansion full of works of art and other expensive stuff to rubble. In comparison to Mr. Bean, Atkinson says of him: “Trevor is different. He’s a much nicer and a lot sweeter and normal person I hope – and that was certainly our goal… he seems like a sweet, well-intentioned, perfectly intelligent man, but of course he has flaws and weaknesses. His weakness is his obsession.”
Rowan Atkinson didn’t just star in Man Vs Bee. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the slapstick comedy series with William Davies.
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The original for this post “Egoncentric: Rowan Atkinson gossips about his cult character Mr. Bean” comes from TV Spielfilm.