The British comedian Rowan Atkinson starrer series, Mr. Bean, completes a 30 years run. Rowan says he always believed that Mr. Bean had a very good chance of being successful and long-running, partly because the character is essentially a child in a man’s body.
He says, “I always believed that Mr. Bean had a very good chance of being successful and having longevity, partly because the comedy is mainly visual and partly because Mr. Bean is essentially a child in a man’s body. Across all races and cultures, the behaviour of children tends to be the same and so is easily identified and laughed at.”
As Mr. Bean completes 30 years, Rowan answers, what makes Mr. Bean relevant today, to which he claims, Bean’s childish, anarchic behaviour will always be funny.
Talking about his tender memories from filming Mr. Bean, Atkinson said that he found shooting the show stressful, “I’m sorry to say that I find all filming stressful but Mr. Bean especially so, because of the burden of responsibility I feel to make it funny. Of course, you have support from other excellent actors but whether the jokes work or not tends to be down to me. And that’s stressful.”
He adds, “However, I enjoy it when it’s over! I enjoy whatever success we have. If an audience finds it funny, then it’s been worth it.”
Further, when asked about, did he ever wanted Mr. Bean to speak?, to which Atkinson says, “Often, which is why he speaks a lot in the first Mr. Bean movie. We felt that he had to talk more, so that we could tell the story. He talks more in the latest cartoon episodes. I find the way he talks funny.”