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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 other things. But there is more to Atkinson than this strange rubbery man causing havoc on the way to making himself...

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