Rowan Atkinson calls time on “too physical” Mr Bean character

Rowan Atkinson has dropped acting the fool as comic character Mr Bean.

He said he doesn’t enjoy playing the accident-prone buffoon.

There is little – if any – script but the part is physically demanding.

Atkinson, 66, told the Radio Times:

“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.

“I find it stressful and exhausting, and I look forward to the end of it.”

Mr Bean is a clown-like person who finds himself in awkward physical circumstances.

The character first appeared in 1990 in the ITV sit-com written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis.

Mr Bean has become a worldwide phenomenon.

He has starred in two feature length films and appeared in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

An animated children’s series was launched in 2002.

Atkinson says he will continue to voice the Mr Bean character.



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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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