Rowan Atkinson was 'so proud' to be part of 'The Lion King'

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Veteran English actor Rowan Atkinson, who had lent his voice to Zazu in “The Lion King”, says he was proud to have been a part of the 1994 animated movie.

“I was so proud really in the end to be part of this movie because I didn’t want to do it actually because voiceovers are generally…voice work is something that I’ve never done and I never liked it because I feel as though I am a visual artiste if I am in anything… and it seemed to be a pointless thing to do the film,” he said.

“But the co-writer of ‘Mr. Bean’ series Robin Driscoll said ‘I’ve been offered this movie called ‘The Lion King’ and I really can’t be bothered to do it’. He said ‘Well come on! It’s Disney, you might as well!’ and then I didn’t realise it would turn into the really very special film, which it did,” added Atkinson.

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On June 24, 2020, “The Lion King” will be celebrating its 26th anniversary. The film has established a legacy that comprises a direct-to-video sequel, a spin-off movie, a 2019 film remake, a television film sequel, two spin-off television series, three educational shorts, several video games and merchandise.

It will be aired on Star Movies on June 24 as a part of its ‘This Day That Year’ film pack.

–IANS

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