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(Metro)   Rowan Atkinson says he's done playing Mr Bean: 'Playing him is childish and sad'   (metro.co.uk) divider line 118
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2012-11-17 04:04:27 PM  

incendi: SilentStrider: NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting

I'd watch that.

Only if they can get Hugh Laurie to play Margaret Thatcher....


I don't know if you're joking, but that's actually brilliant.
 
2012-11-17 04:09:10 PM  
It's not like he's gonna get a lead role in a romantic comedy.
 
2012-11-17 04:14:46 PM  

DupeOfURL: In a moment of synchronicity, I was trying to describe the Bean-wearing-the-turkey scene to my waitress @ breakfast this AM. {Not enough coffe to pull that one off)


You actually have conversations with diner waitresses over breakfast? I want to live in the movie you live in.
 
2012-11-17 04:21:14 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: hbk72777: 2 best Bean scenes


Link

Link

One of my personal favorites. Mr Bean packing for a holiday


My favorite Mr. Bean clip: At the beach.

Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.
 
2012-11-17 04:21:47 PM  
Wrong, Mr. Bean.

Watching you is childish and sad.


Jacques Tati for morons.
 
2012-11-17 04:36:48 PM  
Mr Bean is most brilliant because it doesn't need translation to distribute around the world. Or at least what I remember of it.
 
Boe
2012-11-17 04:39:31 PM  

quatchi: Raharu: Blackadder was always better then bean.

Yuppo.

Tried to like Bean but never could quite managed it.

Kept missing BA, particularly the 3rd season.

Did quite enjoy RA's turn as The Doctor in the Classic Comic relief parody of Doctor Who.

Some funny stuff.

/Fer extra geek love points ya also gots Jonathan Pryce, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Laurie and Joanna Lumly as the first female Doctor.
//*squee*


TY for that, I've never seen it before.

/lol at the Dalek bumps
 
2012-11-17 04:40:58 PM  

GungFu: Jacques Tati for morons.


This might be a bit unfair.

I love Tati's work (especially M. Hulot's Holiday), and I can enjoy them both.
 
2012-11-17 05:04:43 PM  
yeah well, Sting won't sing 'roxanne' anymore either. just keep on smashing expensive rare cars to bits you old fuddy dud.
 
2012-11-17 05:15:01 PM  
Hmmmm, I dunno.

Never one for slap-stick but Mr. Bean has grown on me over the years.

Until today.

I found NONE of the posted clips to be funny.

Not one.

Must be me.
 
2012-11-17 05:23:53 PM  

douchebag/hater: I found NONE of the posted clips to be funny.

Not one.

Must be me.


Aw, not even Bean parking his eurotrash car?

Bean and his Mini
 
2012-11-17 05:53:55 PM  
Not a big deal. As soon as McLaren makes another super car or he crashes his F1 again, he'll pick up the role again to buy another super car.
 
2012-11-17 05:58:41 PM  

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


I'd love to see that, but there are two problems:

1) Bean and that idiot secret agent made Atkinson literally tens of millions of dollars. He's so rich he could do NOTHING for the rest of his life but spend money and still end up with more than he has now.

So there's little incentive for him to do another series TV show at a few thousand Pounds an episode.

2) There's the "Python factor": it's very hard to get everyone involved in Blackadder on the same continent (much less in the same country) at the same time. Richard Curtiss is off making romcoms with High Grant, Hugh Laurie is being rich and bored in LA, Stephen Fry is doing QI in London, and Baldrick is off digging up the English countryside, looking for broken bits of pottery.
 
2012-11-17 06:05:21 PM  
Pftt.

More racing!

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2012-11-17 06:05:29 PM  

Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."


This makes me want to breakout my blackadder vhs.

/sadly, only 3 episodes. Picked up at a thrift shop for 99cents
 
2012-11-17 06:06:36 PM  

Uncle Pooky: Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."

Apparently you associate with some rather moronic people.


data.whicdn.com

I recall the first time I watched Jeeves and Wooster, squinted for half a tick, and exclaimed "it's Dr. House!"
 
2012-11-17 06:09:21 PM  

clkeagle: Agreed with everyone above... the world needs another Blackadder series. If nothing else, just to get Fry and Laurie together again on-screen (why did we never get Fry or Atkinson on House - even as one-scene clinic patients?).

Slaxl: I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.

I always assumed it was simply a children's show on your side, and never intended for any adults.


CBC ran a very short-lived Bean cartoon a while back. It sucked

/loved the live-action show, haven't seen the second movie
 
2012-11-17 06:11:42 PM  

dopekitty74: This makes me want to breakout my blackadder vhs.

/sadly, only 3 episodes. Picked up at a thrift shop for 99cents


The whole series is on Netflix streaming, if you have that.

/Roommate stole my set of the complete series on DVD years ago
 
2012-11-17 06:15:18 PM  
I'm okay with this. Mr. Bean was fun but I can't see him doing it any more. That movie was godawful.

Blackadder on the other hand, we need more of.

/I realize I just summed up this entire thread, but what the hell.
 
2012-11-17 06:17:22 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.


Was about to post exactly that. I nearly had a stroke watching that one.

/"I'm driving'
 
2012-11-17 06:26:45 PM  

Miss Stein: Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.


Seriously underrated film. Good eye!

Boe: TY for that, I've never seen it before.


NP! A fellow Farker turned me on to that a while back, just paying it forward.

/As ya do
 
2012-11-17 06:43:33 PM  

quatchi: Miss Stein: Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.

Seriously underrated film. Good eye!


So many wonderful moments in that movie.

i759.photobucket.com

Elephant!
 
2012-11-17 07:31:02 PM  
The Bean movie was so uncomfortable to watch, because the Mr. Bean character almost never talked. All that dead silence killed it. He's only enjoyable in small dosage, so his old show was a perfect vehicle for it. I can understand his reason for not coming back, same reason why Jim Carrey won't do Ace Ventura again.
 
2012-11-17 07:33:12 PM  

vygramul: To paraphrase Richard IV in Blackadder the first, "Wrong, Bean was childish and sad from the start."


Exactly. The character is intentionally pathetic and goofy. That's what's lovable about him.

However I respect his desire to move on from the character. Atkinson is growing older and wants to do other stuff. Fine. No need to be snobby about it. Then again, he is British, so that might be a bit much to ask for.
 
2012-11-17 07:34:02 PM  
I haz a sad. Thanks everyone who gave links. It was fun watching him again.
 
2012-11-17 07:50:17 PM  
I liked Atkinson in the moving Keeping Mum. That was a good movie.
 
2012-11-17 07:56:26 PM  
For those with Amazon Prime, the entire Blackadder series is available for free.

It's about the only free thing I've found on Amazon Prime video that's worth it, but it's almost enough to justify it alone.

/I fear the words "I have a cunning plan" are rapidly marching towards this conversation with ill-deserved confidence
 
2012-11-17 08:15:11 PM  

The Banana Thug: The Bean movie was so uncomfortable to watch, because the Mr. Bean character almost never talked. All that dead silence killed it. He's only enjoyable in small dosage, so his old show was a perfect vehicle for it. I can understand his reason for not coming back, same reason why Jim Carrey won't do Ace Ventura again.


Actually, the best Bean is the sketch he used to do as part of his one-man show. It was just one bit in a much longer night of comedy, quite a bit of it silent. HBO filmed it eventually and released it as a special here in the States; it's one of the best things he's done.

/really wish he'd go back and mine something else other than Bean from that act.
//No one called Jones
 
2012-11-17 08:29:34 PM  
The Mr. Bean movies were terrible but the series was hilarious and I loved watching them. I've never watched an episode and not laughed. Good memories of watching Mr. Bean on PBS with my Gramma.
 
2012-11-17 08:47:39 PM  
I thought he had already confirmed the retirement of the character when he made the lackluster second Bean film. It's okay with us if you retire the character, Rowan. You've farked it up anyway.
 
2012-11-17 08:53:33 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I thought he had already confirmed the retirement of the character when he made the lackluster second Bean film. It's okay with us if you retire the character, Rowan. You've farked it up anyway.


I think the fact that he did the one-off at the Olympics got some people's hopes up. I mean, the Queen jumped out of a helicopter and parachuted into the stadium, but that doesn't mean she's going to do that every day!
 
2012-11-17 09:07:25 PM  
Well, since "House" is done, Hugh Laurie is available.

They should do a Blackadder set in the USA, possibly around the time of the revolution. Lots of opportunity for timely comment there. And if Tony Robinson doesn't want to do the show, we could cast a Texan as "Bald Rick"... or even a black guy.
 
2012-11-17 09:11:10 PM  
I...have a cunning plan!

What if we petition the White House to fund a Black Adder about Margret Thatcher, with the old cast back together?
 
2012-11-17 09:20:26 PM  
Like Black Adder, like Mr Bean.

Most humor gets 'old' as newer stuff pushes the envelope more...The Simpsons used to be considered edgy and hilarious until South Park and Family guy left it it the dust, and now the Simpsons seems tame and only sometimes amusing.

Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated
 
2012-11-17 09:41:57 PM  
1. Blackadder

2. Stand-up

3. Mr. Bean

in that order.
 
2012-11-17 09:47:41 PM  

AaronSynn: Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated


Neither does sex humor. Read "The Clouds" by Aristophanes sometime.
 
2012-11-17 09:49:08 PM  
You're going to talk about me, because you know me, right? You think you know me so well. You think you know everything about me; my influences, my choices, what hurts me, what helps me, what haunts me, and my fears...you know it all, right? You know what I've been through, going through and will eventually go through, don't you? You know all my choices and the reasons as to why I made them, right? Listen, think what you want. So when you come and mouth off about how ridiculous, or stupid, or slutty or dumb or ugly or whatever else you want to call me, but remember that you don't know half of my story. And never will. You don't know anything about me besides my name.
 
2012-11-17 09:50:04 PM  

AaronSynn:
Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated


While I respect your viewpoint, I am one of those who doesn't appreciate slapstick at all. The Three Stooges make me cringe. As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.
 
2012-11-17 09:56:40 PM  

simplicimus: As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.


It's not like the Marx brothers never did slapstick. Hell, their mirror bit is one of the classic slapstick moments in history. And the Stooges did a lot of wordplay and one-liners, even as they specialized in the physical comedy.
 
2012-11-17 10:05:45 PM  

t3knomanser: simplicimus: As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.

It's not like the Marx brothers never did slapstick. Hell, their mirror bit is one of the classic slapstick moments in history. And the Stooges did a lot of wordplay and one-liners, even as they specialized in the physical comedy.


OK, the mirror bit is classic, reprised by Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, but lacking physical violence. That's what generally makes me cringe. Except for Dom Deloise at the end of Blazing Saddles.
 
2012-11-17 10:15:03 PM  
Personally, I've always been partial to his not-daughter, Gemma.
 
2012-11-17 10:20:04 PM  

Coco LaFemme: I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."


This was really very painful to read
 
2012-11-17 10:38:12 PM  
Mr. Bean: Foibled human or angel/alien?
 
2012-11-17 10:52:34 PM  

Kirby Muxloe: Hugh Laurie is available


I'd rather see him doing more Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry.
And maybe someone could get to work on reviving The Young Ones. Vyvyan, Neil and Ric 20 years later.
 
2012-11-17 11:37:15 PM  

Slaxl: Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.

I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.


No love here. I almost missed out on Mlackadder because I hate Bean so much.
 
2012-11-17 11:53:03 PM  
 
2012-11-18 12:25:59 AM  
Bean is a pretty narrow and weak shtick to be type-cast into.
 
2012-11-18 01:20:08 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: GreatGlavinsGhost: Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.

Full episode and here is all the live episodes on YouTube.

If you have Netflix they have Mr Bean available for streaming. Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, plus Bean: The Movie.

That's a whole lotta Bean. :-D


Henceforth, watching Mr. Bean on Netflix will be referred to as "flicking the bean" in my domicile.
 
2012-11-18 01:39:45 AM  

whatshisname: Kirby Muxloe: Hugh Laurie is available

I'd rather see him doing more Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry.


So much THIS.

Love the books and the two are perfectly cast.

More please!
 
2012-11-18 01:47:23 AM  
Thou shalt have no Blackadder after Goes Forth. For there lies disappointment and woe
 
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