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Mr. Bean's Holiday

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Date: Jul 13 2021

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

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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MarcosTKD

MarcosTKD

Brazil

Smile I like him… very funny guy, different from all that cold british humor

04:40 AM Nov 20 2007 |

vicky.neville

Myanmar

i have seen Mr.Bean's holiday movie but in some role his acting looks sheepish.But i think acting with non-verbal will be difficult cos he have to use his hands and face to make people laugh.

03:53 AM Nov 20 2007 |

chavelita

chavelita

China

he is a great actor, he catch ppls eyes by his humor performance, all it was natural and perfect.

01:30 AM Nov 20 2007 |

chavelita

chavelita

China

he is a great actor, he catch ppls eyes by his humor performance, all it was natural and perfect.

01:30 AM Nov 20 2007 |

ala'a

Israel

I would like to see mr. bean he's man of smart…..

09:45 PM Nov 19 2007 |

ala'a

Israel

 movies funny

 

09:40 PM Nov 19 2007 |

MATEUSHS

MATEUSHS

Latvia

I watched this movie and i didn't watch anything new.. Itš not interesting anymore

06:18 PM Nov 19 2007 |

alsarm_777

Yemen

funy man i like hem

 

04:26 PM Nov 19 2007 |

AndresB

Colombia

I love this movie and I like Mr. bean

02:27 PM Nov 19 2007 |

asmaa22

Algeria

he makes me lough ….i like him very much

08:40 AM Nov 19 2007 |

rainstrs

rainstrs

Philippines

Funny!

07:54 AM Nov 19 2007 |

SAND

SAND

China

It's so funny.Laughing

04:58 AM Nov 19 2007 |

jiemingming

China

It is cool!

03:45 AM Nov 19 2007 |

antyliu

China

so kind and funny person

 

01:56 AM Nov 19 2007 |

themadteacher

Chile

I saw his movie sometime ago and I have recently seen a program about him. He `s unique and considering that he started like an aficcionado performing very three months.

03:39 PM Nov 18 2007 |

themadteacher

Chile

I saw the movie and a program about the actor. I have to admit is speite of I don't like him very much he is a great actor. Did you know that he started performing like an aficionado?Cool

03:33 PM Nov 18 2007 |

sweettoy

United Arab Emirates

wow

12:43 PM Nov 18 2007 |

hotvitaly

hotvitaly

Georgia

yeah! Bean's its cute but I like more lifereal movies like movies for student produce in USA!!!

 

09:46 AM Nov 18 2007 |

zhang xiuyan

China

He is so humorous. Without any word,he can make people laugh.So fun!

09:46 AM Nov 18 2007 |

林萍阳

China

He is a funny man,and lots of people like him,including me.

05:35 AM Nov 18 2007 |

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