Fans of the Disney film “The Lion King” have only recently discovered that this well-known actor plays one of the main characters.
The Lion King is a Disney classic that almost everyone has seen, whether as a child or with their own children.
The 1994 film was an immediate hit with families, spawning sequels and even a live-action remake in 2019.
The plot and cast are well-known, with James Earl Jones reprising his iconic role as Mufasa in the recently released remake.
Jones is a household name thanks to his role as Darth Vader’s voice in the Star Wars franchise. However, there is another member of the cast who has an equally impressive resume.
Disney fans are only now discovering that the parrot Zazu was voiced by none other than Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson.
With the TV series rising in popularity in the 1990s, the 66-year-old gained global success with his mostly silent depiction of the bumbling Brit.
Fans may have never known the two characters were played by the same man—until now—due to Atkinson’s visual rather than audible humor.
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I can’t believe I’ve only just realized this!!! #behindthescene #bts #singing #music #lionking #disney #todayyearsoldtofindthisout
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After finally making the connection, movie buff Ryan M posted a clip on TikTok on Monday.
“How have I only just realized this!!!!” he said. I was today years old when I realised Mr Bean played Zazu.”
The video shows Atkinson reading Zazu’s part alongside the voice of young Simba, played by Jason Weaver, as he sings “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.”
The clip has already been watched more than two million times, as fellow film buffs admitted they too never realized Zazu’s origins.
Raiganlegge00 asked: “How did I not know this??”
Stephmcintoshx raved: “Omg 30 and just found this out.”
Sarah replied: “No way stop I’m gonna cry.”
Lara Lovegrove commented: “Well I’ve just found it out at the age of 28 an was in shock. How did I not know this.”
Hnnhclrka said: “Omg how have I never noticed this, it’s so obvious?!”
While TeeMikeylaa joked: “I didn’t know he speaks.”
Romeo I’m Waiting raved: “I thought his voice was familiar—this all makes sense now.”
And it seems there’s another familiar face on the cast, as Lou Macdonald revealed: “Welcome to the world of the knowing. . . also Whoopi Goldberg. This is a brief summary.