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Rowan Atkinson calls British royal family a great source of 'comedy'

Washington, Sun, 25 Sep 2011 ANI

Washington, Sept 25 (ANI): Actor Rowan Atkinson says that he considers the British royal family as a great source of "inspiration" and "comedy".


The 56-year-old comedian, who is a friend of Prince Charles, insists his love of making fun of the monarchy is "born out of love and respect" for them, but he wouldn't ever want his work to be seen as "discrediting" them.


"In 'Mr Bean' there was a 'thing' at the time about nutting the Queen Mother. We've inflicted violence on members of the royal family on a regular basis so it seems silly to stop now," Contactmusic quoted him as saying.


"But it's undoubtedly born out of love and respect and wanting them to carry on.


"The last thing I would wish is for it to discredit the British establishment or the monarchy because I need it there as a source of inspiration and as a source of comedy," he added.


But the 56-year-old star admitted to being "slightly concerned" about a scene in his forthcoming comedy movie 'Johnny English Reborn' - in which he plays a flawed secret agent - that sees his alter-ego knock the queen to the ground after mistaking her for an assassin.


"Yes, I'm slightly concerned about that scene. It was a last-minute addition because we didn't have an ending and we thought that this was as good an idea as any but, you know, I've been making jokes about the queen for 30 years." (ANI)


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