16 Fascinating Things Most People Don’t Know About Mr. Bean.
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2/16 The Mr. Bean movie was the first movie ever to gross $100 million before being released in the USA.
3/16 Rowan Atkinson has a stutter and struggles to say words that start with a "B". That's why Mr. Bean always pronounces his name in such an odd way.
4/16 Mr. Bean was created by Atkinson while he was completing his masters in electrical engineering from Oxford. He says he was "asked in [his] first term at Oxford to do a sketch in this one-night show at the Oxford Playhouse, and [he'd] never written anything". With just 48 hours notice he started to mess around with his face in front of a mirror and this strange, non-speaking character was born.
5/16 Though he always signs "Mr. Bean" audiences assumed it was how he preferred to be called and his true first name would be revealed later. However in shots of his driver's license you can see that his first name is listed as "Mr".
6/16 Atkinson once said that Mr. Bean is essentially "a child trapped in the body of a man", which is why the character is so globally loved by a variety of demographics. He added that "10-year-old boys from different cultures have more in common than 30-year-olds. As we grow up, we acquire this sensibility that divides us."
7/16 The first episode "Mr. Bean" won the Rose d'Or, an international award by Eurovision that celebrates the best in entertainment broadcasting and programming.
8/16 The original show was nominated for five BAFTAS: Best Light Entertainment Programme, Best Comedy Programme or Series, and Best Light Entertainment Performance for Rowan Atkinson. It never won a single award.
9/16 One of Mr. Bean's first full-length performances was at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Quebec in 1987. Atkinson signed up to perform for a French-language audience but since he didn't speak French the producers asked him to switch to the English-language bill. He insisted on staying with the French-language audience because he wanted to use the festival to test how the non-verbal character would suit a non-English speaking audience.
10/16 One of Atkinson's greatest influences is French comedian Jacques Tati. He became interested in physical comedy after watching one of Tati's films Mr. Hulot's Holiday. He named his movie Mr. Bean's Holiday as an ode to Tati's character.
11/16 In 2012, after several similar announcements over the years, Atkinson announced that he was retiring Mr. Bean, saying "The stuff that has been most commercially successful for mebasically quite physical, quite childishI increasingly feel Im going to do a lot less of." He said that someone in his fifties acting like a child can start to feel sad and he didn't want to lose the integrity of the character. He did revive the character for one last sketch "The Funeral" during Comic Relief in 2015 to honour Bean's 25th anniversary.
12/16 Atkinson's close friend and classmate Richard Curtis served as writer of the TV show and executive producer of the movies. He would later go on to win a BAFTA each for his writing for The Girl in the Cafe and Love Actually.
13/16 The red carpet scenes in Mr. Bean's Holiday were filmed at the actual Cannes Film Festival during a Portuguese film premiere.
14/16 Though the original Mr. Bean series only had 14 episodes, it was broadcast in almost 200 countries worldwide. The success of the show led to a much larger franchise including two movies, an animated series, a video game, and several books featuring the character.
15/16 Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, Mr. Bean's teddy bear, and blue car driver are the only characters from the original TV show to be seen in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series.
16/16 Rowan provides all the sounds of Mr. Bean in Mr. Bean: The Animated Series. He also acts out every episode in front of a camera so that animators can capture his unique movements and mannerisms.
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