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`Bean’ stunt was turkey, but not quite salmonella

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Rowan Atkinson did all his own comedy stunts in "Bean," including wearing a turkey carcass on his head.

The British actor behind the goofball Mr. Bean even tried using a real, uncooked turkey as a prop despite the "high risk of salmonella poisoning."Bad idea.

"It's horribly bloody and bony inside," Atkinson says in People magazine. "You don't want that next to your earlobes. So we used a fake turkey. It was just as heavy, but not as smelly."

Before the film, Atkinson performed as Mr. Bean on his own BBC television show. "Bean" is an international hit, having sold $130 million in theater tickets before opening in the United States. It's done well since its U.S. debut, too, finishing in the top five in its first two weeks of domestic release.

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