Comedy no laughing matter for Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson stars in Johnny English Strikes Again, which was No. 2 at the box office on its opening weekend in Britain.
Rowan Atkinson stars in Johnny English Strikes Again, which was No. 2 at the box office on its opening weekend in Britain.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The third movie of the Johnny English franchise, starring the British actor as a bumbling spy, took so long to make because he finds filming stressful and hard

NEW YORK • The comedy business is no laughing matter even for a gifted funnyman like Rowan Atkinson.

Consider Johnny English Strikes Again - starring the rubbery-faced comedian as a bumbling would-be James Bond - which arrives seven years after the franchise's second instalment and 15 after the first.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2018, with the headline 'Comedy no laughing matter for Atkinson'. Print Edition | Subscribe