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Trivia / Mr. Bean

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  • Actor Allusion: The Shout-Out to Blackadder Goes Forth in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" (see entry).
  • Cash Cow Franchise: While the Live-Action version spanned in 5 Years, it became this for ITV.
  • The Cast Showoff: Although Mr. Bean's is repeatedly shown as hardly competent in anything, he excels at driving. Rowan Atkinson is an automobile aficionado and an accomplished race driver.
  • Creator Backlash: Atkinson admitted in his later years that he doesn't much enjoy playing Mr. Bean, and wishes he could retire the character (outside of Voice Acting) for good.
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  • Defictionalization: When the show became popular in the U.S., a company produced faithful (if larger than screen-accurate) replicas of Teddy. Also, Corgi released a die-cast model of his beloved Mini, complete with padlock on the door.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean" had a scene (cut from original airings and unavailable on DVD, but included in an early VHS release in the U.S.) in which Bean visits a department store, sees an older couple looking at the same motorized recliner chair he's interested in, and fiddles with the controls so it won't work for them, resulting in the chair folding in on the wife and trapping her.
    • The entire "Bus Stop" episode is actually a deleted segment of "Mr. Bean Rides Again". In the actual tv episode, the scene cuts right after Mr. Bean is checking the bus schedule in frustration after he's denied entry from the previous bus.
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    • The retail version of "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean" episode includes an extra scene where Bean attempts to win the turkey he eventually ended up wearing on his head. The contest being to guess the turkey's weight, he sneaks a pair of scales to the counter; having already weighed himself, he subtracts his weight from the combined weight using a Casio calculator. The person in charge of the contest is shocked when Bean guesses the exact weight (to three decimal places) and wins it. The A&E DVD release (distributed in the US by New Video) is missing this scene.
  • Distanced from Current Events: "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.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Rowan 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.
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  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Solo sketches with few spoken words weren't scripted out. Instead, someone would come up with an idea and setting and Rowan Atkinson would start building up the sketch on set.
  • I Am Not Spock: Atkinson often grumbles about being associated with the character.
  • Playing Against Type: Rowan Atkinson is otherwise renowned for his Deadpan Snarker roles, most notably Blackadder. Except in countries that don't know Blackadder. Brazil for example.
  • The Red Stapler: The show was responsible for single-handedly creating a surge in large amounts of demand for second-hand antique Minis of any kind in several countries back in the late 90s.
  • Star-Making Role: For Rowan 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.
  • Throw It In!: Nearly everyone on set would make suggestions as they were shooting, with the most promising ideas being incorporated into sketches (such as Mr. Bean coughing up feathers after driving into a truck full of pillows).
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • "Goodnight Mr. Bean" features Mr. Bean using a handgun to shoot out the light in his bedroom instead of simply flicking the light switch. The show ended just months before the Dunblane Massacre, which resulted in the UK's already strict gun laws becoming even more rigid, outlawing private ownership of most handguns like that depicted in the episode.
    • The royal in the receiving line sketch is supposed to be the Queen Mother. More recently, audiences have started to think that she's supposed to be HM The Queen as she's aged in the years since the sketch first aired.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to rumour, in the original Grand Finale for the animated series, "Double Trouble", 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 clearance, 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.
    • The original proposed name for the character was Mr. White. Names of vegetables were next, including Mr. Cauliflower, ending with the choice of Mr. Bean.
  • You Look Familiar: Matilda Ziegler, who later starred in four episodes as Bean's girlfriend Irma, first appears in the second episode as a maid waiting to greet the Queen. She also appears as the Mother with a Pram in the "Bus Stop" bonus sketch. She also portrayed the policewoman in the Comic Relief sketch "Mr. Bean's Red Nose Day".
  • Written by Cast Member: Co-written by Rowan Atkinson.


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