Mr. Bean era has finished. Rowan Atkinson says goodbye to his character.
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Mr. Bean is Rowan Atkinson’s most commercially successful creation. However, Mr. Bean’s era is finished and the character is unlikely to appear on the screens again in any new adventures.
Actor Rowan Atkinson, 56, said he believes he is too old to play Mr. Bean character.
Mr. Bean first appeared on television in an ITV series which ran from September 1, 1989, to November 15, 1995.
The series proved a huge ratings success, despite the derision of some critics, achieving viewing figures of more than 18million.
Mr. Bean character proved such a draw – even in the notoriously difficult U.S. market – that two films were made of his exploits, “Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie” in 1997 and” Mr. Bean’s Holiday” in 2007.
The two Mr. Bean films earned over $ 450 million worldwide.
However, Rowan Atkinson, who describes Mr. Bean as “a child in a grown man’s body” – said:
“I’ve got a feeling I probably won’t play the character [Mr. Bean] again.
“Never say never, but I just feel I’m getting too old for it. I’ve always liked Mr. Bean as a cartoon-like figure, who doesn’t really age much.
“I’ve always seen him as an ageless and timeless being and I’m clearly not ageless and timeless.
“The older I get, I feel I am less qualified to play him.”
Rowan Atkinson, who starred in “Not The Nine O’Clock News” in the late 1970s and 1980s and in “Blackadder” from 1983, was interviewed in Australia to publicize the sequel to the 2003 James Bond spoof movie “Johnny English” – “Johnny English Reborn”.