Rowan Atkinson stars in Chinese film after costly divorce

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Rowan Atkinson dusted off his world famous Mr Bean character today at the premiere of his latest film which is only released in China.

The comedian, 62, decided to revive the bumbling loner for the one-billion strong Chinese audience after a £5million divorce with his wife of 24 years, Sunetra in 2015. 

The film titled Top Funny Comedian is expected to prove extremely lucrative after Mr Bean’s Holiday released in 2007 grossed more than £2.4million in China alone.  

Atkinson, worth an estimated £70million, took to the stage to perform his mute slapstick-style comedy which gloriously transcends languages.

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He's back! Rowan Atkinson dusted off his world famous Mr Bean character today at the premiere of his latest film which is only released in China 

He’s back! Rowan Atkinson dusted off his world famous Mr Bean character today at the premiere of his latest film which is only released in China 

Loving it: He pulled a series of hilarious facial expressions as he showed off the items
Mr Bean at the premier

Loving it: He pulled a series of hilarious facial expressions as he showed off the items 

Clad in his famous brown suit and red tie, Mr Bean was his typical animated self as he pulled a series of facial expressions and pulled out some props. 

Top Funny Comedian The Movie is a spin-off of the popular Chinese variety show of the same name and sees the star – who is known as Mr Foolish Bean in Asia – as one of the leading characters in the role. 

The film stars comedians Guo Degang and Yue Yunpeng as they venture from from Beijing to Macao.

As Guo speaks limited English and Rowan no mandarin, he revealed the pair were forced to communicate mainly through body language.

‘Just with facial expressions and gestures we seemed to understand each other,’ Guo said at a promotional event in Beijing. 

‘It was really an interesting experience, which proves that comedy can cross boundaries.’ 

Split: Top Funny Comedian The Movie is the first film Rowan has worked on since being granted a 'quickie divorce' from Sunatra Atkinson, 56,
New love: He is currently dating Louise Ford, 33

Split: Top Funny Comedian The Movie is the first film Rowan has worked on since being granted a ‘quickie divorce’ from Sunatra Atkinson, 56, (left) and moving in with Louise Ford (right), 33

Hilarious: With his mute slapstick-style comedy transcending any language barriers, the 62-year-old comedian had the crowds in stitches as he addressed them

Hilarious: With his mute slapstick-style comedy transcending any language barriers, the 62-year-old comedian had the crowds in stitches as he addressed them

Everything's coming up roses! Mr Bean seemed to be feeling flirtatious as he offered up a bouquet of roses on the stage 

Everything’s coming up roses! Mr Bean seemed to be feeling flirtatious as he offered up a bouquet of roses on the stage 

Top Funny Comedian The Movie is the first film Rowan has worked on since being granted a ‘quickie divorce’ from Sunatra Atkinson, 56, after he left her for a comedy actress half his age in 2015. 

Their divorce was granted on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’.

Rowan is currently dating comedy actress Louise. She has appeared in Channel 4’s Misfits and starred alongside Inbetweeners actors Simon Bird and Joe Thomas in Sky’s Chickens.

Rowan and Sunetra were building an £11million home in Oxfordshire at the time of their split in 2014.

Cheers! Mr Bean toasted his new film with his co-stars and the premier in China

Cheers! Mr Bean toasted his new film with his co-stars and the premier in China

Handful: Rowan Atkinson reprising Mr Bean held a variety of props as he entertained on stage
He even fanned himself to keep cool

Handful: Rowan Atkinson reprising Mr Bean held a variety of props as he entertained on stage 

Following the split, Blackadder star moved into a £4million London cottage while Sunetra resided in a £21million mansion in the capital, bought for her by Rowan in 2014.

One of Britain’s most wealthy entertainers with a fortune of around £70million, Atkinson sold his rare McLaren F1 supercar for £8million months before his divorce was granted in 2015.

Atkinson first met his wife, the daughter of an Indian engineer from Ealing, West London, in the late Eighties, when she was working as a make-up artist for the BBC

He was previously in a relationship with Men Behaving Badly star Leslie Ash who he planted an avenue of rowan and ash trees for at his country home.

Miss Ford and Atkinson met in 2013 after appearing together in the West End as he starred in the comic play Quartermaine’s Terms. 

Confused? The star appeared to have no idea what items he was handling at the premiere 

Confused? The star appeared to have no idea what items he was handling at the premiere 

Back in action: Rowan Atkison was back to playing Mr Bean as he transformed into the iconic character for the premiere of his new film, Top Funny Comedian, in China on Sunday

Back in action: Rowan Atkison was back to playing Mr Bean as he transformed into the iconic character for the premiere of his new film, Top Funny Comedian, in China on Sunday

The comedienne grew up in Bexleyheath, south-east London, before gaining an English degree at Southampton University.

After graduating, she won a place at RADA where she was in the same year and treaded the boards with now Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton.

This led to appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Royal Shakespeare Company and parts in television comedies.   

More recently, Rowan has been keeping busy reprising his role as Rufus, the pushy and overly-devoted salesman, for the Comic Relief Love Actually special.

Whilst his role this time around has not been released, it looks like fans are in for a repeat of his iconic scene as he was pictured behind the till ready to throw himself into some gift-wrapping, as with his famous scene in the 2003 movie.  

His initial turn in the franchise was one of the most iconic as he starred opposite the late Alan Rickman who played Harry, the husband of Emma Thompson’s character Karen, who goes on to cheat on her. 

Bouncing back: Rowan split from his wife of 24 years, Sunetra, in a costly settlement in 2015 but appeared to be making the money back with his new film 

Bouncing back: Rowan split from his wife of 24 years, Sunetra, in a costly settlement in 2015 but appeared to be making the money back with his new film 

As he plots his affair with his secretary, he goes to Rufus’ department store to buy a necklace for his potential mistress although he is in the same building as his wife.

While trying to hurry the purchase along, he comes across Rowan’s character who lavishly, arduously and hilariously goes through an elaborate wrapping process. 

As he boxed up the necklace, he placed the item in a bag before scattering sequins, placing a cinnamon stick and tying a huge bow – in a process many fans will instantly recognise. 

Throwback: Rowan has been keeping busy reprising his role as Rufus, the pushy and overly-devoted salesman, for the Comic Relief Love Actually special

Throwback: Rowan has been keeping busy reprising his role as Rufus, the pushy and overly-devoted salesman, for the Comic Relief Love Actually special


Source: einnews.com