Agent of SATIRE
Bumbling Bond wannabe Johnny English is back in the secret- agent saddle, writes Jonathon Moran
BRITISH comedian Rowan Atkinson has described his recent high-speed car crash as ‘‘ sobering’’.
The Mr Bean star says the accident in his $ 2 million McLaren F1 last month gave him a different perspective on his life and career, although he stopped short of describing it as life-changing.
‘‘ It was sobering,’’ Atkinson says of the prang in which the actor hit a tree and a signpost before the car caught on fire. ‘‘ There’s always a lesson to be learnt when you have a prang. ‘‘ Inevitably if you drive with spirit, every now and then you are going to make a mistake for which you pay a price and certainly that has been the case this time.
‘‘ But one hopes to learn a lesson and move on.’’
For Atkinson, that lesson has been about luck.
Remarkably, Atkinson, 56, got out of the accident relatively unscathed with ‘‘ just a sore shoulder, which will take another couple of weeks to properly mend’’.
‘‘ I’m well aware that the older you get, the more you realise how big a part luck plays in your life – whether it’s to do with cars or career actually,’’ he says.
‘‘ When you are young and successful, you think you deserve it. And when you are older and still successful, you begin to feel luck has played a major part.’’
Atkinson ( pictured) is speaking as he promotes his new film, Johnny English
Reborn, co-starring Gillian Anderson and Rosamund Pike and directed by Oliver Parker.
He chose Sydney for the film’s world premiere earlier this month. It’s the follow-up to the 2003 comedy,
Johnny English, with Atkinson reprising the role of the unlikely secret-service agent, parodying James Bond.
‘‘ It’s not high art, I should warn everyone of that,’’ he says.
‘‘ But, at the same time, I think it’s got a lot going for it.
‘‘ And my personal belief is it is a better film in absolute terms than the first one, so I hope it is enjoyed.’’ Atkinson has a reputation of being rather serious away from his often oddball on-screen characters such as Mr Bean and Blackadder, but over the phone from England he is relaxed and down to earth.
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