Mr. Bean is a famous British Sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson & Richard Curtis in 1990. Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, (born on January 6, 1955) is a comedian, English actor, and writer. Rowan Atkinson may have more than 50 acting credits on his career, but to most of the world he will always be best known as the childish Mr. Bean. Some facts you might not know about our beloved Mr. Bean!
1 Mr. Bean Began Life on the Stage
Mr. Bean may have made its TV debut in 1990 on England’s ITV, but the character started 10 years before that. Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) was pursuing his master’s degree in EE when he was asked to try and do a sketch for a one-night show at the Oxford Playhouse. “I’m not naturally a great writer, so I just had to create a sort of five minutes of something at 48 hours’ notice. I just stood up in front of the mirror and started to mess about with my face. And this surreal, strange, style of non-speaking character evolved,” said Rowan Atkinson.
2 Only 14 Episodes of Mr. Bean Were Ever Produced
Even the most dedicated fans of Mr. Bean have trouble reconciling the unbelievable fact that only 14 episodes of the live-action series were ever produced. It did, of course, two movies, the animated series, video game, and some books, which include Mr. Bean’s Definitive and Extremely Marvelous Guide to France.
3 Rowan Atkinson Has Faith in His Face
“I’ve hardly ever looked at my face, I hope it’s doing what I believe it’s doing,” says Rowan Atkinson. Atkinson just kind of puts his faith in what he’s doing and hopes for the best. When he hears the laughter, Atkinson knows it’s working!
4 ‘Love Actually’ Director Richard Curtis Developed Mr. Bean With Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson’s creative partner Richard Curtis was at the time, and the man who helped develop the character of Mr. Bean. Richard Curtis later went on to direct the most popular movie,” Love Actually”.
5 Rowan Atkinson Was Inspired by Jacques Tati
Over the years, Rowan Atkinson has repeatedly cited French comedian Jacques Tati as one of the great influences on Mr. Bean. “My interest in physical comedy was from discovering a movie by Jacques Tati named ‘Mr. Hulot’s Holiday’.
6 Mr. Bean Doesn’t Speak in French Either
Atkinson decided to try out his Mr. Bean character at the “Just for Laughs Festival” in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He even asked to perform for a French-speaking audience, because he felt it was an effective way to see if the silent comedy would translate to other languages. Clearly, it did.