Mr. Bean speaks his heart, video comprising best 25 moments, his fabulous journey in the series,dollars made and the success story of the character in his own words in this exclusive post.
A fabulous journey of 25 years
This silent and immature character have aired in 245 territories worldwide and the wealthy man who played (Mr. Bean) Rowan Atkinson celebrates 25 years at royal palace.
It all started from his Oxford days
“I was asked in my first term at Oxford to do a sketch in this one night show and I’d never written anything and I’m not naturally a writer, so I just had to invent five minutes of something at 48 hours notice,” said the Mr Bean oops Atkinson.“I just stood in front of the mirror and started to mess about with my face basically and this strange, non-speaking character evolved.”
Origin of his characters name is silly yet convincing
“We started with Mr Zucchini,” said Atkinson.“Or Mr Potato, or Mr Cauliflower or Mr Cabbage. And then we just thought, Bean. It’s short, it’s silly.“It was either that or the name of a bird, like Mr Wren. Birds and vegetables tend to be the funniest names.”
Construction of his character (Mr Bean)
“Whenever we try to think of Mr Bean and how he would react in certain situations that we’re thinking of putting him in, I always imagine him as a nine-year-old boy,” said Atkinson.“He’ll obey the rules as long as they suit him.”I guess that also explains why his best friend is a teddy bear.
Collection worldwide in just 14 episodes
The TV series, which aired from 1990-1995, later inspired two films: 1997s Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie (which made $356 million worldwide) and 2007s Mr. Bean’s Holiday (which made $325 million worldwide).
What does he personally feel about his character?
“I do have a love/hate relationship with him in that I love playing him because he’s such an unpleasant, selfish, childish, ridiculous figure, but at the same time I do like him as a person.”
The unseen last episode
“He sees this spaceship landing in a field and he stops the car,” said Atkinson.“He looks up and suddenly the door (lowers) and this bright light comes out of the spaceship and a Mr Bean walks out of the spaceship … and then another Mr Bean and they all shake hands and then 25 more Mr Beans all come out of the spaceship and pat him on the back and say ‘very nice to see you’.“And then all the Mr Beans go up into the spaceship and the door goes up and that’s the end of Mr Bean.” Unfortunately, the idea never came on screen.
His affection for Mr. Bean
“He’s a character I’ve been playing for 20 or 30 years and I’m very happy to say goodbye to Mr Bean now,” Atkinson said.“I don’t think I’m going to play the character again because I just don’t want to see him getting old.”
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