Bright Cape sun daz­zles Mr Bean

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

Bri­tish co­me­dian Rowan Atkin­son has been soak­ing up the blis­ter­ing Cape Town sum­mer – but not with­out a pair of sun­nies.

Last Sun­day, the 61-year-old ac­tor and screen­writer, best known as Mr Bean, was seen buy­ing sun­glasses at the up-mar­ket Con­stan­tia Vil­lage shop­ping precinct.

Home­own­ers in the af­flu­ent area in­clude bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Pa­trice Mot­sepe and his wife, Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe, au­thor Wil­bur Smith and TV mogul Oprah Win­frey.

Ap­par­ently, the bum­bling Mr Bean is less af­fa­ble off screen and re­fused to pose for pho­to­graphs with fans.

Lynn Wal­ton spot­ted him at Vil­lage Eye­wear and said: “Very qui­etly on his own Rowan Atkin­son was buy­ing sun­glasses ... I found out very quickly not to ask Mr Bean for a photo. Celeb-hunt­ing is just not for me.”

A Vil­lage Eye­wear shop as­sis­tant con­firmed that the ac­tor shopped there last Sun­day, but would not dis­close de­tails. It is not clear what brought Atkin­son to South Africa. His wealth is es­ti­mated at £85 mil­lion (R1.9 bil­lion). He is a petrol­head and loves fast cars. He holds a truck driv­ing li­cence, as he drove lor­ries for spare cash as an up­com­ing ac­tor. It may be a chef’s dream to get cus­tomers hooked on their food, but to what ex­tent will they go? Over 30 restau­rants in China have been found to be putting a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra in their food – opium.

Five restau­rants have been cited for us­ing this il­le­gal sea­son­ing and are be­ing pros­e­cuted over the find­ings.

An­other 30 eater­ies are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Even a pop­u­lar chain of hot­pot restau­rants in Bei­jing is in trou­ble be­cause of this se­cret in­gre­di­ent.

It is un­clear how this ad­dic­tive drug came to be in the food, but it is not the first time cases in China have seen chefs at­tempt to hook cus­tomers on their food through the use of opium.

– Staff reporter

Rowan Atkin­son

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