Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) Quotes


Born January 6, 1955 (age 63 years), Consett, United Kingdom
Full Name Rowan Sebastian Atkinson
Education The Queen’s College, Oxford, Newcastle University, University of Oxford, St Bees School, Chorister School, Durham


To Be Successful You Don’t Need Beautiful Face And Heroic Body, What You Need is Skillful Mind And Ability To Perform


The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.


I’m more critical of the films I make than anyone else.


I want to express myself in a different way. I have a performing inclination.



I mean I can do it when I’m very relaxed, and with good friends, then I think I can be amusing.


But I always feel that whatever I do, I could do better. I suppose it is perfectionism.


I have always worried about things more than I should.


Nope, I don’t enjoy work generally. Not because I’m lazy; it’s just all so stressful and worrying.


I consider myself more of a visual comedian than a physical one.



You’re about as useful as a one-legged man at an arse kicking contest.


But generally speaking, I tend to be quiet and introspective.


It’s a bit disconcerting being treated like Madonna.


To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.


I’m not a naturally funny man. I find that I can only be funny, if I become someone else.



The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness – and the other represents


But I always feel that whatever I do, I could do better. I suppose it is perfectionism.


Art is something that nobody laughs at and nobody makes any money out of is the attitude, which I would dispute.


The older you get, the more you realise how happenstance… has helped to determine your path through life.


The path of my life is strewn with cow pats from the devil’s own satanic herd!


What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?


Your services might be as useful as a barbershop on the steps of a guillotine.


I’ve no desire to hang around with a bunch of upper-class delinquents, do twenty minutes’ work and then spend the rest of the day loafing about in Paris drinking gallons of champagne and having dozens of moist, pink, highly experienced French peasant girls galloping up and down my – hang on.


Funny things tend not to happen to me. I am not a natural comic. I need to think about things a lot before I can be even remotely amusing.


I think I have an inner confidence that my tastes are pretty simple, that what I find funny finds a wide audience. I’m not particularly intellectual or clever or minority-focused in my creative instincts. And I’m certainly not aware of suppressing more sophisticated ambitions.


You’re about as useful as a one-legged man at an arse kicking contest.


I like to juggle with one ball at a time. Then I put the ball down and do nothing for extended periods of time.


I would never wish to say that I’ve finally waved goodbye to any character, it’s just that the emphasis tends to shift.


It’s not easy to take a sit-com and turn it into a feature.


When I was doing Bean more than I’ve done him in the last few years, I did strange things – like appearing on chat shows in character as Mr. Bean.


I’m more critical of the films I make than anyone else.


Mr. Bean is at his best when he is not using words, but I am equally at home in both verbal and nonverbal expression.


I enjoy racing historic motorcars from the ’50s and ’60s. The seed of my interest was planted when I was about 12 years old and took over my mother’s Morris Minor. I drove it around my father’s farm. But my favorite car is still a McLaren F1, which I have had for 10 years.


Simenon could be very brave like that. You never quite know what you’re going to get or how the story’s going to be told.


I find his films about as funny as getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there’s a gas bill tied to it.

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