Mr. Bean Saves The Day

Mr. Bean Saves The Day

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • affectionately: fondly; with love and admiration
  • no laughing matter: serious; not a joke
  • consciousness: the state of being awake and knowing what’s happening around you
  • notorious: famous (usually for something negative)
  • mishap: accident; unfortunate event (usually small)
  • instinct: natural ability to act or think in an appropriate way
  • tight-lipped: quiet; secretive

Mr. Bean Saves The Day

Did you know that Rowan Atkinson, affectionately ‘Mr. Bean’, once saved his family from a plane crash? This was no laughing matter. In 2001, Atkinson was travelling over Kenya with his wife and two kids when the pilot of his private plane lost consciousness. The comedian, who is notorious for getting into mishaps on his show, instinctively while his wife tried to wake up the pilot by yelling and water on him. Eventually, the pilot consciousness and was able to land the plane safely. The comedian does interviews, and continues to remain tight-lipped about the heroic act that saved his family’s life.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where was Atkinson when the incident took place?
  2. What did Atkinson’s wife do to help prevent the crash?
  3. Why does the media not know much about this incident?

Discussion Questions: Comedians often use real life mishaps as part of their comedy routines. Do you think Rowan Atkinson will ever use this incident as material for a comedy skit? Why or why not?

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