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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.

 

Comments

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aldrabseh77

Jordan

i think he is funny and we need alot of fun at this period of hard life

09:40 AM Oct 02 2009 |

jodie.chen

jodie.chen

China

yes ,he is very funny ,his eyes is also very special!

11:59 AM Mar 28 2009 |

Sinner

Sinner

Pakistan

hey Smile

03:20 PM Jan 10 2008 |

blind13

blind13

American Samoa

he's great comedian.

08:02 PM Jan 02 2008 |

kavir

kavir

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

he is very funny for me and like him

11:48 AM Jan 01 2008 |

Casiol

Casiol

Malaysia

i love mr. bean….... but my teacher hate him very much…she said that he’s a fool guy but i think he’s cool!!!

10:22 AM Dec 30 2007 |

bill18k

China

Mr.Bean makes me laugh,but his funny comes with thinking.The thinking of the world that we already lookover.

01:59 AM Dec 21 2007 |

moni17

moni17

Venezuela

I like mr bean he is funny but it just for seen just one time then its not funny anymore

02:11 PM Dec 03 2007 |

Ricardo Henrique

Brazil

He's very funny i like his movies

09:17 PM Dec 01 2007 |

nguyenvanhoc

Viet Nam

Hi Bean! Im very bad enghlish.I want to view for my english.i hope we can help me

02:33 PM Nov 23 2007 |

rozonex

rozonex

Pakistan

he's really funny and guineas as well as.i like the way of acting when he's anxious and finding way of solving it and the way of acting without saying anything but by physical gags is really countable.

 

 

10:38 PM Nov 21 2007 |

cori

cori

Egypt

he is avery good actor and heis so funny

11:20 PM Nov 20 2007 |

filo

filo

Romania

jo

11:04 PM Nov 20 2007 |

toxicapple

toxicapple

China

every man has his hobby hors.

10:13 PM Nov 20 2007 |

javixtreme

javixtreme

Mexico

Mr. Bean it's a great actor, of the best British actors…

I like that inocent homor, and his movie it's very cool…

Innocent

04:29 PM Nov 20 2007 |

seaboybunaken

Indonesia

watching mr bean’s movies better than only vacant

04:14 PM Nov 20 2007 |

haddykhan

Gambia

I like Mr Beans he is a very good comedian, i like him sooo much. He is more than what he is, i expect more 4rm him n good luck to him.

03:48 PM Nov 20 2007 |

samarajordan

Jordan

I think that Mr.bean is stupied rather than funny.

11:41 AM Nov 20 2007 |

medooza

medooza

United Kingdom

I love Rowan AtkinsonI love the British sense of humour Smile

09:02 AM Nov 20 2007 |

wysunning126

China

I like mr.bean!

08:57 AM Nov 20 2007 |

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