Is this The End for Mr. Bean?
Is one of the world's most celebrated man-children finally growing up ... and saying goodbye?
It looks like Mr. Bean fans may soon have to indulge their love of hijinks, pratfalls and shenanigans elsewhere, as Rowan Atkinson has announced that the time to retire the comedy character is nigh.
It's somewhat ironic that, for Atkinson, playing a role that brings a smile to so many faces has actually become "a little sad."
"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. "Apart from the fact that your physical ability starts to decline, I also think someone in their 50s being childlike becomes a little sad. You've got to be careful."
Mr. Bean, a character whom Atkinson developed while studying for his master's degree at Oxford University, made his debut in the eponymous television series that ran for 14 episodes from 1990-1995. He was also the star of his own animated series that ran from 2002-2004 and two feature films, "Bean" (1997) and " Mr. Bean's Holiday" (2007).
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