Bean script
Bean (1997)
Synopsis: At the Royal National Gallery in London, the bumbling Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a guard with good intentions who always seems to destroy anything he touches. Unless, of course, he's sleeping on the job. With the chairman (John Mills) blocking Bean's firing, the board decides to send him to a Los Angeles art gallery under false credentials. When Bean arrives, his chaos-causing ways are as sharp as ever, and curator David Langley (Peter MacNicol) has the unenviable task of keeping Bean in line.

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HUBERT:

Timothy is loading the final catalogue data as we speak, Milord. An

awful thing to say, but when the program's up and running our, Mr. Bean

will become a little less than .... useful?

A glimmer of hope.

INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. PORTRAIT SECTION - DAY

BEAN wanders past three or four portraits and mimics the characters in

them. He passes a guard.

GUARD:

(not looking up from his book)

Morning, Bean.

The GUARD sighs with boredom. He gets this from BEAN every day. As

Bean moves on, he treads on the heel of a tourist's shoe. It comes

off- BEAN moves on blithely.

CUT TO:

INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. CARTOON ROOM ENTRANCE - DAY

BEAN is passing the very special room where Leonardo Da Vinci's

cartoon, 'The Virgin and Child', hangs, preserved by a very dim

artificial light. There are silhouettes of a few tourists in the room

reverently studying the work, listening to a female GALLERY GUIDE.

BEAN dips into his pocket for his identity badge and in so doing brings

out a coin. The coin drops and rolls into the special room. BEAN

follows it into the darkness.

GALLERY GUIDE:

(hushed)

... by Leonardo Da Vinci. As you can see, the special light in here

goes some way to protect the drawing from photodisintegration caused by

gamma ...

The camera stays outside the room with the picture in view. We hear

the squeak of a tiny door open, then a click. The room is suddenly

flooded in blazing white light. The onlookers gasp in horror.

5

BEAN re-emerges from the room with his precious coin. As an

afterthought he pops his hand round the doorway and turns off the

light. He scuttles away. The GALLERY GUIDE shakes her head in total

exasperation.

CUT TO:

INT. NATIONAL GALLERY. BOARDROOM - DAY

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Richard Curtis

Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born English screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief along with Lenny Henry. more…

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