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Trivia: Mr. Bean

  • Actor Allusion: The Shout-Out to Blackadder Goes Forth in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" (see entry).
  • Defictionalization: When the show became popular in the 'States, a company produced faithful (if larger than screen-accurate) replicas of Teddy.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Atkinson doesn't regard himself spontaneously witty. A "making of" video of Mr. Bean's Holiday shows how meticulous Atkinson is in planning all of the gags.
  • I Am Not Spock: Atkinson often grumbles about being associated with the character.
  • Playing Against Type: Atkinson is otherwise renowned for his Deadpan Snarker roles, most notably Blackadder. Except in countries that don't know Blackadder. Brazil for example.
  • Star-Making Role: For Atkinson in the States. He was already a star in the UK when this show came about.
  • Technology Marches On: In one episode Mr. Bean goes on a date, but when he wants to check his hair it turns out he forgot to take his mirror, so he uses a photo booth instead. Today, when every cell phone has a digital camera, taking a picture of yourself instead of looking in a mirror doesn't seem so ridiculous anymore.
  • Too Soon: "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean" was going to be aired on February 17th 1993. However, due to the much-publicized abduction and murder of 3-year-old James Bulger, "Mr. Bean in Room 426" took its place.
  • What Could Have Been: According to rumour there were going to be references to a couple of Rowan Atkinson's previous roles: namely, the leader of the Mr Bean-aliens was going to be Blackadder, or at least resemble him. Also, Mr Bean passes a prominent red telephone box while following Irma and Mr Pod to the spaceship; if the show had got clearence, the telephone box would have been a police box instead, and after Mr Bean would drive past, Rowan Atkinson's Doctor would have stepped out.

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