Pictured: Rowan Atkinson as "Mr Bean" at Gare du Nord station, Paris, at 4.30pm today
It may have been fluke, but, judging from our visit, Paris has more than its fair share of major film crews milling around.
As we glided along the Seine on a boat, we noticed a bloodied body lying on the bank, attended by police. After a while, I noticed that the lights were probably a bit strange for the police in the middle of the day and there was a camera....and a mobile canteen....oh, a film set.
Then as we waited at Gare du Nord station, Mr Bean came round within three feet of us with his camcorder held aloft and his tongue sticking out in that normal, strange Mr-Bean-sort-of-way. Apparently, this was Rowan Atkinson filming "Bean II" or "French Bean" (as it has been dubbed), in which the unique character travels to the South of France on holiday.
This impromptu entertainment made a wonderful end to our holiday. We spent a long time watching the film crew and seeing Rowan Atkinson wondering around. But we couldn't believe it when we found ourselves a few feet away from him in full "Mr Bean" flow and drawn into reacting to his strange antics with his camcorder. Apparently, the camcorder plays a central role in the film (see various links above). According to "Working Title", Mr Bean's "voyage from London to the Riviera soon transcends into one of mischief and mayhem as he inadvertently creates havoc wherever he goes culminating in an unscheduled and riotous screening of his own video diary at the Cannes Film Festival."
Can't wait to watch it to see if we are in it.....not (probably).