Rowan Atkinson, who may be best known as the character "Mr. Bean," was the talk of the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony after he sneezed, texted, prodded, and daydreamed his way through playing "Chariots of Fire."
In an almost 4-minute skit, Mr. Bean begins by playing a single note on the keyboard. After other members of the orchestra start to join in, he quickly becomes bored, and whips out his phone to text and pass some time. At one point, it appears as if he is even taking a picture of the musician next to him.
Next Mr. Bean sneezes and is no longer distracted by his phone, but instead becomes preoccupied by reaching for a tissue while simultaneously playing the same repetitive note on the keyboard.
He first switches hands to reach for a tissue and then magically finds a blue umbrella so he is able to stand up, grab the tissue, and still able to play the note by using the umbrella as an extension of his finger.
After Mr. Bean sits back down and wipes his nose, he no longer is fixated on his dripping nose, so he then proceeds to daydream about running on the beach. Naturally he lags behind the group and wakes up to find the conductor staring at him, as he is still playing the same note and everyone else has stopped.
Mr. Bean instantly springs back to life and finishes off "Chariots of Fire" with an upbeat flourish. The Olympics crowd goes wild, but the conductor still doesn't seem very happy.
Twitter users have been quick to post about how happy they were with the skit. "Mr. Bean," "Chariots of Fire," and "Rowan Atkinson" were all trending topics, with Mr. Bean even surpassing Danny Boyle, the director of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
@ChipKalback tweeted: "Mr. Bean in the Olympics opening ceremony? So awesome. #olympics #mrbean."
@helloands really enjoyed Mr. Bean's performance, writing: "[I]f mr. bean is in your olympic games opener ... it's automatically going to trump all openers. sorry Vancouver ... it's the bean. #2012olympics."
@SheLikesRuffles found him quite funny, tweeting, "Bahahaha Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean was one of my favorite parts of the opening ceremonies for the #Olympics2012"
Some even felt that Mr. Bean's skit showed what it was like to be British. "Well done everyone, that in a nutshell is how it feels to be British. Somewhere between Mr Bean and Macca," @tommcrae tweeted.
Others weren't even sure if this Olympics' opening ceremony could be topped. "Whoever hosts the next Olympics will have to step up. Us British will be sat there like we had a huge voldemort,mr bean & a skydiving queen," @SedonaFace_xo wrote.
What did you think of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony?
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news. She joined IBTimes in June 2012. Continue Reading