Genius Actors Who Had To “Dumb It Down” For Their Roles


Most of the time, an actor’s character isn’t a direct reflection of his or herself in real life. (I mean, that’s why they call it acting.) While some roles are more intense, others are just plain silly. Here are some intelligent actors who had to play dumb for their roles:

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson is best known for his goofy role as Mr. Beans. While Mr. Beans might not be the smartest cookie in the bunch, Atkinson actually has a degree in Electrical Engineering in real life. He also has his MSC from The Queens College, Oxford and made an honorary fellow in 2006. One of the main reasons Atkinson stopped playing the role of Mr. Beans was that he found is too childish.

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