Welcome to the world of Mr. Bean

Mr Bean, TV Series, DVDFirst let me give you a brief background about Mr. Bean himself. His real name is Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, born on January 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England. Attended school in Durham Choristers School, followed by St. Bees School and took Electrical engineering course at New Castle University. Rowan was raised in Anglican with his two elder brothers namely; Rodney Atkinson, a British conservative academic, political and economic commentator, journalist and author. Founder of The Campaign for United Kingdom Conservatism in 1994 and Rupert Atkinson.

Rowan's film career started in 1983 on a supporting role in the James Bond movie, “Never Say Never Again” and a lead role in “Dead on Time with Nigel Hawthorne.” In 1989, he appeared in former “Not the Nine O'Clock News” co-star Mel Smith's directorial debut “The Tall Guy.” He also appeared alongside Anjelica Huston and Mai Zetterling in Roald Dahl's “The Witches” in 1990. In 1993, he played the part of Dexter Hayman in “Hot Shots! Part Deux,” a parody of Rambo III, starring Charlie Sheen. Atkinson, with his turn as a verbally bumbling vicar, gained further recognition in the 1994 hit “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” That same year he was also featured in Walt Disney's “The Lion King” as Zazu the Hornbill. Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in successful comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Love Actually (2003). In addition to his supporting roles, Atkinson also succeed as a leading man. His television character Mr. Bean debuted on the big screen in 1997 with Bean to international success. A sequel, “Mr. Bean's Holiday,” was released in March 2007 and said it may be the last time he will play the character. He has also starred in the James Bond parody “Johnny English” in 2003. Keeping Mum (2005, released in the U.S. in 2006) was a departure for Atkinson, as a straight role.

Here is an extra trivia for those who are wondering how the character of Mr Bean was developed. It was revealed that during his Masters' degree (MSc) in Software Engineering at Oxford University. A sketch featuring the character was being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1980s. A similar character called Robert Box, played by Rowan, appeared in the one-off 1979 ITV sitcom “Canned Laughter,” which also featured a routine used in the film version. In 1987, one of Mr. Bean's earliest appearances occurred at the "Just For Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. When program coordinators were scheduling Atkinson into the festival program, Atkinson insisted to perform on the French-speaking bill rather than the English-speaking program. Having no French dialogue in his act at all, program coordinators could not understand why Atkinson wanted to perform on the French bill. As it turned out, Rowan's act at the festival was a test platform for the Mr. Bean character and Atkinson wanted to see how the silent character's physical comedy would fare on an international stage with a non-English speaking audience.

The name of the character was not decided after the first program had been produced, with a number of other vegetable-influenced names, such as "Mr. Cauliflower," being explored. Rowan Atkinson has cited the earlier comedy character Monsieur Hulot, created by French comedian and director Jacques Tati, as an influence on the character of Mr. Bean.

The story of Mr. Bean was based on a character developed by Rowan Atkinson at university, the series followed the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body," solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.

Did you know that during its five year run, the series gained large UK audience figures including 18.74 million for the 1992 episode, "The Trouble With Mr. Bean.” The series has been the recipient of a number of international awards, including the Rose d'Or, creating an enduring effect on popular culture. The show has been sold in over 200 territories worldwide, and has inspired two feature films and an animated cartoon spin-off.

He captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide. His movie “Mr. Bean's Holiday” grossed billion dollars worldwide. He's been called “the most embarrassing man on the planet.” So what are you waiting for? Grab now the entire Mr. Bean series DVD and enjoy watching each episodes. Have fun!

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