Famous English actor Rowan Atkinson, known for the Mr Bean movies will be returning to his iconic role as Mr. Bean for an animated film about the character.
Atkinson is an English actor who has starred in a variety of projects, from the sitcom Blackadder to the comedy film franchise Johnny English. But perhaps none of his characters is more well known than the titular lead of the slapstick sitcom, Mr Bean.
Throughout the ’90s, Atkinson played the character Mr Bean, a bumbling, boring man who had a knack for getting into unusual situations. The Mr Bean series was incredibly popular and eventually received some feature-length spinoff films.
The show was even adapted into a short animated series in the early 2000s. Now, it seems that Atkinson is returning to the world of animation once again for an animated feature film about Mr Bean.
In an interview with Deadline, Atkinson explained that he is in the development stages of putting together an animated Mr Bean film. This format actually seems better suited to both the Mr Bean character and the actor who plays him.
Atkinson told interviewers that though Mr Bean has been important to his career, he doesn’t actually enjoy playing the character in a live-action setting. “It’s easier for me to perform the character vocally than visually. I don’t much enjoy playing him. The weight of responsibility is not pleasant,” Atkinson says.
Rowan Atkinson to make return as Mr Bean in animated movie
With an animated film, that responsibility of playing Mr. Bean will be that much easier for Atkinson to bear. Atkinson also mentioned that he wants to be done playing Bean soon and that he’s looking forward to the end of his time with the character.
The shift towards animation right now is not just a good move for Atkinson, but also for the Mr. Bean franchise as a whole. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the entire film & television industry has experienced significant delays for live-action productions.
While these delays are unfortunate, they have left a space for animators to step in and create new stories without any health risk. The animated Bean movie will just be one of many films following this trend.
Based on the way he talks about his relationship with the Mr. Bean character, it’s possible that this animated film may be the last Mr Bean project starring Atkinson. It’s clear that the actor is ready to move away from his old roles and on to new projects.
This doesn’t mean that the franchise is dead since the character could always be brought back by a different actor. But if Atkinson is to be believed, this could be his final step in the Mr Bean saga.
Source: Screen Rant
Author: Allan Bangirana
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