Rowan Atkinson is our modern day Charlie Chaplin says Emma Thompson
British actress Emma Thompson was just 18 years old when she first met the king of comedy, Rowan Atkinson. Since then, the actress has been completely mesmerized by Atkinson. The two were first seen sharing screen space in 1989 in The Tall Guy and then in 2003 in Love Actually. Fifteen years later, Atkinson and Thompson reunite in the third film in Johnny English series – Johnny English Strikes Again. Thompson who will be seen playing the role of Prime Minister for the first time is full of praise for the Johnny English star.
Speaking of Atkinson, Thompson said, “I’ve worked with him on and off for years, and I’ve admired him for years. I really do think he’s a remarkable presence in our cultural pantheon. He’s our Buster Keaton, our modern day Charlie Chaplin really. You don’t need to hear him speak, he’s just funny.” She cites his classic sketch playing a headmaster who reads out the classroom register of names. “I remember watching that in the Oxford Playhouse thirty years ago and just going, ‘this man’s a genius.’”
Being Thompson’s first role as prime minister, she drew inspiration from a wealth of politicians. Giving us an insight into her role, Thompson said, “She’s a real mix. She’s Thatcher, Blair, and May. She is the darkest version of those politicians who use their office because the power appeals. By the time we get to meet her she is desperate. She is making quite catastrophic decisions. Even though this is a comedy and is silly, it has been interesting to think, well what if you did hold that kind of power. This PM feels herself to be very important, and as she senses that slipping away, it makes her desperate, like a caged animal.”
Johnny English Strikes Again is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.
Johnny English Strikes Again releases in India on 28th September, 2018.
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