Goodbye, Mr Bean

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 4:10pm IST Updated: Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 4:11pm IST | Agency: Daily Telegraph
Rowan Atkinson has admitted that he plans to abandon the comic character of Mr Bean in favour of more cerebral roles on the stage.
  • Reuters

Rowan Atkinson has admitted that he plans to abandon the comic character of Mr Bean in favour of more cerebral roles on the stage.

The 57-year-old actor said the hugely successful creation had reaped many rewards but that middle-aged actors playing childlike roles risked appearing "a little sad".

Atkinson is instead preparing to make his "straight play" debut in the lead role in a West End revival of Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Gray.

"The stuff that has been most commercially successful for me - basically quite physical, quite childish - I increasingly feel I'm going to do a lot less of," he told The Daily Telegraph's Review supplement.

"I also think someone in their fifties being childlike becomes a little sad. You've got to be careful."
 




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