Rowan Atkinson may be recognized globally for his performance as Mr. Bean, but the actor-comedian says he finds the popular character “tense and exhausted”.
The British star developed Mr. Bean when he was studying for his master’s degree at Oxford University and launched the character on television in 1990.
The original sitcom, which aired from January 1990 to December 1995, consisted of 15 episodes. The series has also been sold in 245 territories worldwide and has inspired an animated spin-off starring Atkycon as well as two theatrical feature-length films.
The 65-year-old actor, who is currently working on an animated Mr. Bean film, said he no longer enjoys playing the character as the delivery is too much responsibility.
Atkinson told the Radio Times, “After creating an animated TV series, we are now in the foothills of developing an animated film for Mr. Bean. It’s easy for me.
He said, ‘I don’t enjoy playing him much. The burden of responsibility is not pleasant. I find it stressful and tiring, and I look forward to its end.
The Johnny English star stated that Mr. Bean’s success never surprised him because he always believed that treating an adult childishly, without being aware of his unfairness, was fundamentally funny.
“The fact that the comedy is oral rather than mean it has been successful internationally,” he concluded.