Rowan Atkinson Kills It
At The Olympics

Rowan Atkinson -- better known as Mr. Bean -- did his part for the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Check out his hilarious rendition of "Chariots of Fire" -- an instant classic.

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Leave it to Mr. Bean to bring some much-needed laughter to the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. The comedian — real name Rowan Atkinson — joined the London Symphony Orchestra to perform the quintessential Olympics song "Chariots of Fire." However, Mr. Bean's job was to push one measly key on a keyboard — and he gets bored.

Naturally, hilarity ensues.

Eventually, Mr. Bean makes it onto the beach — a la the 1981 film Chariots of Fire — though the other runners quickly outpace him. No mind, he finds other ways to win.

The stunt landed Mr. Bean as one of Twitter's biggest trending topics, much to the delight of British fans.

"If there ever was a time for the world to get British humour then #mrbean would be it!" one Brit tweeted during the performance.

Product placement was rampant during the Opening Ceremonies, including during Mr. Bean's bit — he pulled out a Samsung phone to take a photo and drove a BMW Mini on the beach. Naturally, not everyone liked it — but Samsung was pleased.

"A very special performance of Chariots of Fire featuring Mr Bean and a #Samsung Galaxy Ace!" they tweeted afterward.

Other high points during the Danny Boyle-directed Opening Ceremonies included dozens of Mary Poppins-lookalikes fighting a huge Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, along with the queen's arrival with James Bond via helicopter.

Of course, the Ceremonies always bring us to tears for some reason — maybe it's the intense national pride we feel when the athletes march? Or, maybe we're just overly emotional — it happens! Still, we couldn't help but get choked up over these poignant — and hilarious — moments during the Ceremonies.

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What did you think of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies: Awesome or super lame?

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Comments on "Mr. Bean brings the laughs to the Opening Ceremonies"

Joanthon A February 07, 2014 | 12:51 AM

This was not Mr Bean, but Rowan Atkinson! Mr Bean is a character Atkinson has made famous world-wide... but not at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. It was Rowan Atkinson at his best!! Do we say it was Mr Bean in Johnny English? No!!

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SheKnows Entertainment Editor August 06, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Hi bornhuman, The International Olympic Committee ordered us to remove the videos because they own the copyrights. We apologize if this causes any inconveniences for you and are working with the IOC on gaining access to some clips, so we can embed in our article. Thank you for your patience -- all the best! -Lauren Swanson

bornhuman August 04, 2012 | 1:25 PM

I'm curious. What was the "copyright conflict"? What two sides were disputing ownership?

Shirley Knuckey August 03, 2012 | 10:50 PM

I think the whole ceremony was a wonderfully creative, totally welcome change from the 'usual'. Most host countries do endless choreographed set-pieces with thousands of children - reflecting history, or the mythological indigenous dimension. (Think Sydney). Britain gave us her back-story but made the whole thing a break from Hollywoodised expectations. And has any host nation ever poked fun at itself at this event did? The Head of State, a Queen no less, being part of the spoof! Absolutely priceless.

Dave August 03, 2012 | 5:12 PM

Absolutely brilliant, the whole family were howling with laughter when we say this. The opening ceremony was excellent and the games have been even better. I laugh ever time I see this.

Marc August 03, 2012 | 2:51 PM

opening cermony was very good mr bean topped it off by far then bond

Jonathan A August 03, 2012 | 12:37 PM

I am not an American but I think Bush is funnier.

Ed Vacherie August 03, 2012 | 11:25 AM

that was not the best ceremony, it was one of the worst. the dancing nurses and mary poppins fighting voldemort was awful. Beijing had a very good cermony, and Vancouver is my fav winter olympic ceremony.

CHY August 03, 2012 | 7:19 AM

That was goooooooood!!!!

Sian J. August 03, 2012 | 1:19 AM

I loved the whole ceremony, but this part was by far the best. Rowan Atkinson is a brilliant actor and is great in this clip. That's only my opinion :)

Nick August 02, 2012 | 8:24 PM

Best opening ceremony of all time.

Romany August 02, 2012 | 7:29 PM

Rowan Atkinson's performance made me cry tears of joy :D

fred August 02, 2012 | 9:47 AM


Jonathan B August 02, 2012 | 9:02 AM

I am an American and I think Mr.Bean is very funny

Privacy is my own business August 02, 2012 | 12:25 AM

I very much like Mr. Bean. He sure puts laughter into many lives. It's to bad some people are so negative they can't enjoy some laughter in their lives. I guess some people are so jealous and can't look beyond the jealousy.

Brian Thames August 01, 2012 | 9:15 PM

Excellent opening ceremony! People here in Atlanta agree the only opening ceremony that compares to this is Beijing...which I agree with. In a world of CGI and social media, it's so great to be reminded at what got us where we are today! Jim Henson must've be smiling somewhere with that incredible puppet which paid homage to the villainous Voldemort from Harry Potter as well as Cruella DeVille! I remember sneaking downstairs and watching Mr. Bean, Benny Hill and Monty Python which all came on late night Public Broadcasting here in the states. Thank you, London, for having that Mr. Bean bit! Rowan is such a wonderful actor! Without British comedy to keep us laughing, where would we be as a society? Congrats on such a fantastic opening ceremony, London! Now if only we can get more shots of that awesome RIVER!!! *wink wink nudge nudge*

Beth M August 01, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Was mildly entertaining, but I can't help thinking about the millions of dollars that went into this - all to glorify some athletes. Where are the priorities?! But Mr Bean is totally lovable.

becky August 01, 2012 | 1:56 PM

really funny i think, it was all fabulous :)

R. Stefan August 01, 2012 | 1:28 PM

Really, really great! Can anyone help me to find the whole ceremony at once? I can just find parts! Thank you! R. Stefan

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