Thesp leaves hospital with fractured shoulder
LONDON — British thesp Rowan Atkinson, who starred in the “Mr. Bean” films and TV series, and movie “Johnny English,” was injured in a motor accident late Thursday.
His McLaren F1, one of the fastest cars in the world, spun off the road in wet conditions in Cambridgeshire, England, and hit a tree and a lamp-post. He managed to walk from the wrecked vehicle before it caught fire.
He left hospital in a wheelchair Friday.
Atkinson’s agent Peter Bennett-Jones told The Daily Mirror: “I understand he has a fractured shoulder blade, which is very painful and why he needed to stay in overnight. He is shaken but not stirred.”
Atkinson will be seen next in spy spoof sequel “Johnny English Reborn,” in which he reprises the role of a hapless British secret agent. The laffer, which was produced by Working Title and helmed by Oliver Parker, will be release by Universal this fall. Atkinson had been attending the film’s edit on the day of the accident, Bennett-Jones said.
The first pic in the franchise, 2003’s “Johnny English,” grossed $161 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million.
Atkinson recently appeared on BBC’s motoring skein “Top Gear” and recorded the fastest lap in the show’s league table of celebrities, beating the scores of previous guests, including Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.