Comedian Star Mr Bean Lifestyle
To be a comedian, it never matters what age one is or where one is from. This becomes very much clear with the very funny behaviour of Rowan Atkinson’s also known as Mr. Bean. It is sure that Mr. Bean might have tickled everyone by his funny behaviour at some or another time in their life. Though, Mr. Bean character is extremely comic and childlike, but in real sense in his personal life he is very different.
In fact, he was a shy child, but still grew up to be one of the most beloved comedians in the world. His exclusive ability to show the funny side using extreme facial expressions and body language won the hearts of people by breaking all the language barriers.
Let us know some interesting facts about Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) which would leave one speechless-
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 1 Rowan Atkinson and Britain’s ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair, were schoolmates at Durham Choristers School.
When he started going to the school, Atkinson was eleven years old and Tony Blair was thirteen years old, his senior. According to Canon John Grove, the school’s former headmaster, the behaviour of both the boys was quite opposite. Atkinson was shy and was introvert; Blair was extrovert and volunteered for everything.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 2 Has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering
After the completion of undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, Atkinson continued studying for a master’s of science in the same field at Queen’s College, Oxford in 1975. His course of study was the same as his father who had graduated self from there in 1935. He was applauded by an Honorary Fellow in 2006.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 3 Atkinson suffers from a Stammer
Atkinson very smartly had overcome his problem by turning into a comic device because he over-articulates the sound of “B” as he did when pronouncing the name “Bob” in the episode of Bells in Blackadder II. He did experience trouble at school during conversations with his friends. This exhausted him and made him stressed out. Later, he overcame his stammer by acting and stated that, “It comes and goes. He said when he is in a character other than himself; the stammering disappears and might be that would have given inspiration for pursuing this comedian career.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 4 Rowan Atkinson Co-created and Co-wrote Mr. Bean
When he was doing masters in Oxford, Atkinson was asked during his first term to make a sketch to be shown at the Oxford Playhouse. However, he never did this before but had only forty-eight hours to create something, at that moment he suddenly got inspired by a “strange, weird and non-speaking character” as he stood self in front of his mirror pulling faces.
In Oxford, he also met his co-writer, Richard Curtis, and composer, Howard Goodall, with whom he had collaborated many times throughout his career. He had also received national attention in 1976 for his sketches in the Oxford Revue, a comedy group featuring Oxford students, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe now that is considered the world’s largest arts festival.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 5 Appeared in the BBC comedy show Not the Nine O’Clock News
Not the Nine O’Clock News was a satirical sketch and revealed about current news stories, pop culture, comedy sketches, and also contained parody songs, re-edited videos, and spoof television formats. It used a lot of library clips, usually of politicians, royalty, and celebrities. It was telecasted on BBC2 as a comic series. The telecast had also featured and helped Atkinson to launch his career along with the other three comedians apart from Atkinson: Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith, and Griff Rhys Jones.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 6 Atkinson’s ex-wife, Sunetra Sastry, and his two children, Ben and Lily
Atkinson met his ex-wife, Sunetra Sastry on the set of Blackadder in 1986, where she was Stephen Fry’s makeup artist. One day the makeup artists were swapped, from there the story started and then Atkinson and Sastry married taking into confidence Stephen Fry as the best man. They had two children, Ben and Lily, and were divorced in 2015 after twenty-five years of marriage.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 7 Name Switched from “Mr. White” to “Mr. Cauliflower” and Finally to “Mr. Bean”.
The comedian name Mr. Bean was not decided upon until after the production of the first program. Before the approval of the name “Mr. Bean”, several other vegetable-based names were well thought-out, but in the end, “Mr. Bean” was selected. As per Atkinson, his character was inspired by a character named “Monsieur Hulot” who was created by a French comedian and director, Jacques Tati. Just like in the old silent films, the series completely depends on physical comedy making it easier to understand for people who don’t speak English.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 8 Atkinson Also Played A Supporting Character In Sean Connery’s James Bond Movie Never Say Never Again (1983)
Atkinson also played a character in a French film called “Nigel Small-Fawcett”, a Foreign Office representative in the Bahamas. When James Bond reached the Bahamas looking for the villain, Maximillian Largo, played by Klaus Maria Brandauer, Small-Fawcett informs him that Largo was heading for Nice, France.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 9 Physical Comedy on International Platform
Mr. Bean’s earliest performances in 1987, was held at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Canada. At that time, Atkinson insisted to perform for a French-speaking audience rather than English-speaking ones. The festival coordinators could not understand why, but Atkinson’s intention was to test his physical comedy to see how well it would work on non-English-speaking audiences. The show, of course, became a huge success in 245 territories and received a number of international awards.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 10 Atkinson Loves Cars and Racing
Though he plays very funny characters such as Mr. Bean and Johnny English, but he himself is a passionate car lover and races quite a lot. Once he participated in a racing event put on by the Aston Martin Owner’s Club at the Croft Racing Circuit driving his Aston Martin V8 Zagato, which he crashed, but escaped unhurt. Though he was considered as a car collector, but he stated that he doesn’t like the toy cupboard syndrome that would cause so many good cars to evaporate.
Real Lifestyle of Mr. Bean 11 Atkinson Once Saved a Plane from Crashing
Atkinson, his wife Sunetra, and their children Ben and Lily were travelling from the airstrip in Ukundu, Kenya, to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport in March 2001, when the incident occurred. The pilot of the Cessna 202 aircraft fainted at the controls and the family could not breathe life into him. So, Atkinson was forced to take control of the plane and was able to keep it flying saving himself and his family until the pilot recovered later. The pilot was then able to make a safe landing at the airport.