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.

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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