Yesterday, Rowan Atkinson did an interview with Radio Times. During the course of the interview, he discussed many things, such as his issues with cancel culture. “The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see,” he said about cancel culture, “which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled.’“
And when the subject of his most beloved character, Mr. Bean, came up, Atkinson was not shy about putting the kibosh on future live action installments. He said “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.”
However, good news is, he’s currently working on a new animated film featuring the cult character. And the fact that it animated he feels should help lessen the burden. “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.”
So there you have it. Fans of Mr. Bean can still get their fix, sometimes in the future.