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Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Date: Jul 13 2021

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

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When movies first came out, they didn’t have sound. So stars like Charlie Chaplin became famous by using their hands and eyes to act.

Over the last 17 years, Rowan Atkinson has become famous with a similar technique. Although his movies have sound, his character, a child-like man named Mr. Bean, speaks very rarely.

Since so many of Mr. Bean’s jokes are non-verbal, the movies are just as funny when translated into other languages. Listen to Kevin tell Beren about Mr. Bean’s success abroad.

Dialog

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Kevin

Kevin

Beren

Beren

Kevin:  So I heard that, like, Mr. Bean’s movie’s on like the top charts of Chinese films…movies in China.

Beren:  Mr. Bean?

Kevin:  Yes.

Beren:  I heard he died like five years ago.

Kevin:  No. He’s been making movies. Rowan Atkinson, right?

Beren:  Yeah yeah yeah yeah.

Kevin:  Do you like him?

Beren:  He’s funny. He has his moments...slightly charming in a really obnoxious way. Did you like the first movie?

Kevin:  I thought it was entertaining. I mean the guy made a career of like, just being silent.

Beren:  Totally, it’s like the old silent film comedies, very physical comedy, lots of visual gags. I could see it being big in a foreign market for some reason.

Kevin:  I guess.

Beren:  Yeah. Maybe. I don’t know.

Kevin:  I mean, it definitely has, like, a niche market, I guess. I don’t know what you would call it. He’s interesting.

Beren:  Yeah yeah. He’s uniquely British.

Kevin:  And I love British humor.

 

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Discussion

Kevin read somewhere that Mr. Bean’s Holiday, the follow-up to 1997’s Bean, is doing extremely well in China. This surprises Beren because she thought that the actor who plays Mr. Bean was dead. Obviously, she isn’t a huge fan.

But Beren admits that while Mr. Bean can be somewhat annoying, he is entertaining at times. His work reminds her of silent films. It’s a style that she can understand being popular in other countries.

Do you prefer physical comedy or intellectual humor? Physical comedy is universal, but sometimes there’s nothing funnier than a pun in your native language.

 

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LVNT

LVNT

Turkey

I didn't watch Mr Bean so far but I am sure he is awesome

06:35 PM Apr 06 2011 |

redlove_cri

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

funny

06:01 PM Jan 26 2011 |

tiger_bagira

Greece

NICE

11:07 AM Nov 14 2010 |

CoRv!S

CoRv!S

Colombia

He's  really so funny…..so hilirous!!!!!a great actor.

09:16 PM Sep 06 2010 |

gilishirvani

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

he is realy funy man

04:08 PM May 15 2010 |

Iraesh

Iraesh

Pakistan

I really like Mr.Bean especially he is most favourite to my little babygirl who is only at age of 1.6 years.  

06:59 PM Apr 16 2010 |

tsjolan@gmail.com

Serbia and Montenegro

He is graet actor.I like Mr Bean, when I am tired and I am sad,,,

03:15 PM Apr 07 2010 |

ice_oman

ice_oman

Oman

 

is my best actor

04:47 AM Mar 31 2010 |

ice_oman

ice_oman

Oman

 

is my best actor

04:47 AM Mar 31 2010 |

MOOD

MOOD

Saudi Arabia

is my best actor

06:26 AM Mar 21 2010 |

salome529667164

China

Mr. Bean, a humor man, i like him.

08:47 AM Feb 01 2010 |

w626153748

w626153748

China

                 亲爱的Bean您好

为什么没有中英对译的videos?

07:07 AM Feb 01 2010 |

aur

Canada

I'm not a fan  of Mr. Bean , but his humor is contagious, it makes me laugh without using my brain, especially when I'm tired after work.

04:02 AM Dec 28 2009 |

roosevelt 18

Ecuador

Well I think it’s true.. and I’m a huge fan of Mr. Been. I would like to watch new films of him although I think he doesn’t do it anymore.

03:16 AM Dec 22 2009 |

Nightvision

United Arab Emirates

oh my God !!!

only just by looking to his face make me laugh, specially when he makes those funny expressions on his face lol

really he's a great actor =)

12:03 PM Dec 21 2009 |

adabracadan

Turkey

i don't like watching movies but i can cancel my programs bcoz of Mr bean.Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwsome

 

06:13 PM Nov 18 2009 |

ume blossom

China

Many people like Mr. Bean, even little kids! He makes us laugh.

01:00 PM Nov 11 2009 |

AbuJafar

Azerbaijan

he’s not good!he is fool guy!

02:40 AM Oct 21 2009 |

ahmedtaha24

Egypt

he's great comedian.

08:13 PM Oct 11 2009 |

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