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Before and after 'Bean': A talk with Rowan Atkinson, continued

Before and after 'Bean': A talk with Rowan Atkinson, continued

In Thursday's Times, I spoke with Rowan Atkinson, the actor, regarding his world-famous character, the mostly silent Mr. Bean, and the 25th anniversary of the TV series that bears his name. (The character, nameless, preceded the series in a variety of onstage sketches.) All 14 episodes have been given a new polish and released on video as "The Whole Bean" (Shout! Factory).

Bean has lived on intermittently in commercials, cartoons, two movies and an appearance as a symbol of British culture in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, among...

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