While some actors star in adverts that western audiences will likely never see, Rowan Atkinson has done an entire movie. Dusting off his rubber-faced alter-ego Mr Bean, he appeared on stage at the launch of ‘Top Funny Comedian: The Movie’ in Bejing yesterday. Mugging for the cameras, and dressed in his trademark tweed suit, he took to the stage with Chinese comedy stars Guo Degang and Yue Yunpeng.
Rowan Atkinson has said that he’d never say goodbye to his character Mr Bean. Asked if he’d ever retire as Bean, he told the Radio Times: “No, I don’t really have plans like that. Bean was the creation, inspired by the physical comedy of French comic actor Jacques Tati, created by Atkinson and Richard Curtis in 1990, though Atkinson had performed an earlier iteration of the character at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal in 1987.
It’s a question no-one ever asked but we’re glad we’ve got an answer for: What would ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ be like if it starred Mr Bean instead of Mr Grey?
This young chap – thus far unidentified – has turned up on Reddit, and is currently setting the web alight with his likeness. He invented the character while studying for his masters degree in electrical engineering at Queens College, Oxford.