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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.