Rowan Atkinson calls Man Vs Bee an “extrapolation” of old Mr Bean sketch
The actor explains how his new series "feeds off" a sketch featuring the iconic character.
Rowan Atkinson's got a new series coming to Netflix, which features his first brand-new comedy character in over a decade.
In the series, Man Vs Bee, Atkinson plays Trevor Bingley, a house-sitter brought in as a last-minute replacement to watch over a luxury, modern mansion, who finds himself in a battle of wits with a tenacious bee.
However, Atkinson has now explained that while the series tells an entirely new story, the concept actually mirrors a previous sketch he did many years ago featuring arguably his most famous comic creation - Mr Bean.
In a virtual press conference attended by RadioTimes.com and other press, Atkinson said: "I actually did a Mr Bean sketch a long, long time ago where he takes a picnic basket to a park and he’s very, very bothered by a bee.
"So, to a certain extent I feel that some of this show feeds off... it’s like an extension, an extrapolation from that old sketch that we did in the early nineties."
Atkinson also explained why this new series wouldn't have worked with Mr Bean as the lead, and why he instead needed to create new character Trevor.
He said: "The idea of a man stuck in a house with a bee - it's undoubtedly redolent of Mr Bean, it's got a hint of the Mr Bean world. But I knew that for this kind of thing, Mr Bean as a character wouldn't work at all. He would be too self-centred, too sort of unpleasant, or there's a risk of it being unpleasant.
"So we decided that we really needed just a nicer man. So Trevor Bingley, who's the hero of Man Vs Bee, he's just an ordinary bloke really, a pleasant guy who clearly hasn't been very successful in life."
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