Rowan Atkinson — It might seem surprising that a boy who grew up on a farm and attended Oxford University to earn a degree in electrical engineering would later be most well-known internationally as Mr. Bean, but that is where Rowan Atkinson’s life too him.
Despite being considered a famous comedic performer, he does not consider himself a very funny man. Instead, he’s rather quiet and does not like to give interviews due to a stammer. Rowan Atkinson, however, offers a great number of interesting quotes.
“No, no, I was only funny on stage, really. I, I think I was funny as a person toward my classmates when I was very young. You know, when I was a child, up to about the age of 12.”
“I think I am a creative person, but I’m slightly more kind of visionary … I prefer to guide writers, than to claim to be one of them.”
“We are in the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.”
“Mr. Bean is essentially a child trapped in the body of a man. All cultures identify with children in a similar way, so he has this bizarre global outreach. And 10-year-old boys from different cultures have more in common than 30-year-olds. As we grow up, we acquire this sensibility that divides us.”
“You’re about as useful as a one-legged man at an arse kicking contest.”
“As I was leaving this morning, I said to myself, ‘The last thing you must do is forget your speech.’ And sure enough, as I left the house this morning, the last thing I did was to forget my speech.”
“Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you’d want to have dinner with.”
“The casual ease which some people move from finding something offensive to wishing to declare it criminal – and are then able to find factions within government to aid their ambitions – is truly depressing.”
“But, generally speaking, I tend to be quiet and introspective.”
“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?”
“I loved the show as a child and felt I could not do it justice.”
“It’s a bit disconcerting being treated like Madonna.”