Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson has been seen on set in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire filming a new set of shorts for Netflix.
According to reports, he wore a checked shirt, grey jeans, and brown loafers as he took instruction from the crew on where to stand in the street.
It will be 10 episodes running 10 minutes each and described as a physical comedy. The show has been created by Atkinson and Will Davies, who created Johnny English which featured Atkinson as the title character.
Netflix announced the series last year. The statement from Netflix said:
“Renowned actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson plays a new character in this riotous comedy. A man finds himself at war with a bee while housesitting a luxurious mansion. Who will win, and what irreparable damage will be done in the process?”
On the one hand, this sounds lame, but on the other hand, it is being done by the man behind Mr Bean which was another very simple concept done very well. He is a great physical comedian. He played Mr Bean from 1990 to 2007, including a set of TV specials, two movies, and an animated series.
There were only 15 episodes of the TV series which doesn’t sound right! I swear it had more than that. I was only young when they came out and they probably just kept repeating them. It is Fawlty Towers all over again.
On top of the 15 episodes, he also made an appearance at the Olympic Games 2012 in London.
Mr Bean could be making a comeback, as show co-writer Richard Curtis has reportedly been working on a new version. According to The Sun newspaper – so it’s probably huge bullsh*t – it will feature an older Bean who is more grumpy.
There may also be an animated movie version of Mr Bean in the works. Atkinson has said he prefers the voice-over acting more than the live version:
“Having made an animated TV series, we’re now in the foothills of developing an animated movie for Mr Bean – it’s easier for me to perform the character vocally than visually. I don’t much enjoy playing him. The weight of responsibility is not pleasant. I find it stressful and exhausting, and I look forward to the end of it.
I don’t actually like the process of making anything – with the possible exception of Blackadder, because the responsibility for making that series funny was on many shoulders, not just mine.”
Since there is another series of Mr Bean on the horizon, he can’t mind it that much. Then again cars like this don’t come cheap.
The new series of Man Vs Bee will be on Netflix soon.