The 65-year-old actor will continue to voice the hit role as a cartoon – with a new animated movie in the pipeline – but confessed he found playing Mr Bean in person very stressful.
Atkinson told the Radio Times: “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.”
Mr Bean is a clown-like character based on physical comedy with very little dialogue, who first appeared in 1990 starring in his own ITV sitcom co-written by Atkinson and Richard Curtis.
He has gone on to become a beloved character around the world starring in two feature-length movies and appearing live at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
Atkinson, however, confessed that the only character he had ever enjoyed playing was Blackadder.
“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,” he said.
source: yahoo news
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