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.
In the original movie, he appears opposite Alan Rickman, who is discreetly trying to buy a necklace for his secretary Mia, with whom he’s having an affair, without his wife Karen, played by Emma Thompson, finding out. Emma Freud, partner of director Richard Curtis, also tweeted a few shots of Atkinson on set too.
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.