Some of us wet ourselves at the antics of buffoonish Mr Bean, while others remained baffled and even irritated by his popularity.
I for one remember my own introduction to the chaotic yet scheming man after my family rented the VHS of Bean (1997) back in the golden age of Blockbuster.
I honestly thought my lungs would collapse from laughter after Mr Bean desperately tried to draw a face back on to the painting, Whistler’s Mother, which he’d inadvertently destroyed with his own ridiculousness.
Even now, the sight of Rowan Atkinson donning that tweed jacket/red tie combo still makes me chuckle. However, it looks like Atkinson may be putting aside his teddy for good…
Now we haven’t seen much of Mr Bean in the past few years, but fans just assumed he was away on one of his ill-fated holidays; guaranteed to make a clumsy reemergence at some point.
Unfortunately, Rowan Atkinson has left people dismayed after announcing the perpetually bumbling character is unlikely to make a comeback.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Atkinson – who’s much chattier than his fictional counterpart – dropped the bombshell:
I doubt he will ever reappear, but you never know […] You must never say never again. There does come a point when you’ve done most of what you want to do with him.
I don’t think I’ve felt this much dismay since Mr Bean’s mini was steamrolled by a tank.
This crushing blow to the Mr Bean community elicited groans of despair from the studio audience, which have since rippled out across social media.
One person insisted:
You are Mr Bean, Mr Bean is Rowan Atkinson until death do you part.
This man made my childhood better. I was so happy. He connected my family together. We were watching his movies and laughing for hours.
These are one of my rare memories of my family. It was a long time ago but I still remember the laughter and joy we were having while watching Mr.Bean. Thank you, Rowan Atkinson.
When Rowan Atkinson says Mr Bean won't appear on our screens again pic.twitter.com/ypAUCxVTmU
— Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) October 6, 2018
You are Mr Bean, Mr Bean is Rowan Atkinson until death do you part. 😁😁😁
— Viktoh (@VictorBasil79) October 5, 2018
imagine if mr bean had the intelligence and wiles of a normal man
imagine if he could speak, he'd be unstoppable
— 🔪 Moth Hiss Gristle 🎃 (@spookperson) October 4, 2018
However, others were unashamedly gleeful about the classic character being shelved.
One person triumphantly exclaimed, ‘GOOD!’ while another said they would ‘never get Rowan Atkinson’.
One person reasoned:
If this is true? Not remotely surprised! He had a good run but can’t keep beating the same angle forever.
I just watched #JeffGoldblum on @grahnort with #RowanAtkinson also guesting. Goldblum played the piano at the end, I'm sure he was doing a tribute to #MrBean My god he was bad! and not in a #MichaelJackson way.
— Mark Carrick (@TheMarkCarrick) October 5, 2018
Atkinson also humorously revealed how fans often think he’s just a look-a-like Bean rather than the true Heinz:
One man said, ‘You are the spitting image of Mr Bean’. When I told him I was, he said, ‘I bet you wish you were’.
The man added, ‘The resemblance is uncanny you’d get look-a-like work. You’d make an absolute fortune’.
— Andrew (@CourierBoyUK) October 5, 2018
Will never get Rowan Atkinson
— Natalie Kutscher (@NatKutscher) October 5, 2018
Mr Bean began life on ITV back in January 1990. The original TV series enjoyed enormous popularity and has since led to feature films and even an animated series.
A proud British institution, the character has appeared in sketches for Comic Relief and has even performed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
Could this really be goodbye?
Atkinson’s latest film Johnny English Strikes Again is showing in UK cinemas as of October 5, 2018.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.