Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Rowan in more 'serious minded-film'

It's been eight years since Rowan Atkinson's last turn as Johnny English

Rowan Atkinson says his second Johnny English film is more sophisticated than its predecessor.

The comic actor returns to the big screen this month as the bumbling spy in Johnny English Reborn.

"It's more like a comedy thriller than a tacky spy spoof. I mean, not that I want to describe the first film as a tacky spy spoof," Rowan, 56, said.

"But it's bigger budget, a more serious-minded film, with a better plot. I think you're always interested to know what happens next."

The star said of his alter-ego: "The character is more three-dimensional and engaging in this film. You root for him more than you did the first time and want him to succeed."

Rowan, who hit the headlines when he crashed his high-performance sports car this summer, added: "Johnny English works very well when his mistakes, flaws and silliness are put in a very serious context and in this film, with the strength of the supporting actors, we've created that."

:: Johnny English Reborn is released in cinemas on Friday, October 14.

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