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Rowan Atkinson says he’ll never appear as Mr Bean again as it’s ‘exhausting’

Rowan Atkinson has revealed he will never play Mr Bean again. He says playing the loveable childish buffoon — who made him a global star — is “exhausting”.But he will still voice him in the animated versions, with a cartoon film in the pipeline.Rowan Atkinson, 65, said: “It’s easier for me to perform the character…

Rowan Atkinson has revealed he will never play Mr Bean again. He says playing the loveable childish buffoon — who made him a global star — is “exhausting”.

But he will still voice him in the animated versions, with a cartoon film in the pipeline.

Rowan Atkinson, 65, said: “It’s easier for me to perform the character vocally than visually. I don’t much enjoy playing him. The weight of responsibility is not pleasant.

“I find it stressful and exhausting, and I look forward to the end of it.”

Mr Bean first appeared on ITV in 1990, before spawning films and a cartoon series.

His Facebook page is the tenth-most popular in the world.

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However, Rowan says: “I have no desire to have any presence on social media. What happens there is a sideshow in my world.”

But the divorced father of three says he may return as Edmund Blackadder, whose last series ended in 1989.

He told the Radio Times: “I don’t actually like the process of making anything — with the possible exception of Blackadder.

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“Because the responsibility for making that series funny was on many shoulders, not just mine.”

But he added: “Blackadder represented the creative energy we all had in the ’80s.

“To try to replicate that 30 years on wouldn’t be easy.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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