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Prestigious carmaker Rolls-Royce has announced that British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson will be in attendance at the company’s stand during the Frankfurt Motor Show press preview on Tuesday September 13th .
Atkinson, who is starring in the upcoming film, Johnny English Reborn (a spy spoof based on the original Johnny English, which in turn was inspired by a run of British TV Barclaycard ads), will be joined by his co-star of the film, a specially equipped Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe – named ‘Royce’.
In addition, renowned photographer Rankin and his wife, Tuuli, will also be in attendance, Rankin talking with Rolls CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös as well as presenting 100 of his latest portraits, inspired by the Spirit of Ectasy. Approximately 10 examples of Rankin’s work will also be on display in the Rolls-Royce lounge .
As for the reasoning behind its high profile press conference this year, an official release from the company declares ‘Stars come as standard at Rolls-Royce, thanks to cars that are as individual as their owner’s fingerprint.’
Not that long ago, actor Rowan Atkinson made news with his appearance on Top Gear, even setting a lap record on the famous show. Now the famous Mr. Bean is making headlines again, but this time it’s not so good.
While driving his McLaren F1 GTR, it is believed that he lost control of the supercar, spun several times before hitting a tree and a lamppost. Fortunately for Atkinson, he was able to get himself out of the vehicle before it reportedly caught on fire. The crash happened on the A605 near Haddon, Cambridgeshire shortly after 7:30pm.
Atkinson was taken to a local hospital and was treated for a shoulder injury, though he should feel very fortunate that nothing more serious happened. The exact state of the ultra-rare McLaren F1 isn’t known.
More commonly known as Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson is a little hard to take seriously. In all of his acts, the oftentimes silent comedian can generate laughs with his facial expressions alone. That’s why when we heard that he was recently on Top Gear and even set the fastest time in their “Star in a Reasonable Priced Car” competition, we knew we had to see the clip. We all knew Atkinson was an automotive enthusiast, but being able to see him in action while piloting a car around a track is truly priceless.
Piloting a Kia Cee’d, Rowan Atkinson now sits on top of the leaderboard with a time of 1:42.2, besting the likes of Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg. In addition, Atkinson brought a V16-powered Rolls-Royce Phantom to the show, a vehicle he was granted the rights to use through Rolls-Royce themselves. It’ll be seen in his upcoming film Johnny English Reborn, where the 9.0L V16 Phantom will star with Atkinson. Supposedly Rolls-Royce had toyed with the idea of mass producing the 9.0L V16 Phantom but ultimately tossed the idea out the window. But prior to that, Rolls-Royce managed to produce three or four of them, one of which Atkinson was able to get his hands on.
We can’t wait to see what sort of comedy ensues in his upcoming film, despite having a more serious note than the majority of his previous work.
Check out the clip of Atkinson at Top Gear after the break.