Rowan Atkinson as one of the most famous detectives in the world

January 3
Rowan Atkinson as one of the most famous detectives in the world

Rowan Atkinson, renowned for his comedic genius, surprised audiences with a departure from his iconic roles to step into the shoes of Jules Maigret, the legendary detective.

Surprising choice of actor

In 2016, the first television film of a four-part series about Inspector Maigret was released, featuring the surprising portrayal of the main character by the comedic actor Rowan Atkinson. He joined the ranks of Jean Gabin and Rupert Davies, who had previously played the famous detective from the stories of writer Georges Simenon.

“Maigret Sets a Trap” (2016)

In “Maigret Sets a Trap” directed by Jon East and Ashley Pearce, Atkinson’s portrayal of Chief Inspector Maigret takes center stage. The plot revolves around a serial killer terrorizing Paris, targeting women. Maigret devises an intricate plan, setting a trap to apprehend the elusive murderer. The atmospheric cinematography captures the essence of 1950s Paris, enhancing the suspense. Atkinson’s performance is a departure from his comedic roots, showcasing his depth as an actor. The success of this installment laid the foundation for the Maigret series’ acclaim.

“Maigret’s Dead Man” (2016)

In the film “Maigret’s Dead Man,” Rowan Atkinson investigates who murdered an unknown man found on the street. Gradually, he gets entangled in his webs with a ruthless gang of criminals responsible for robberies and murders.

“Maigret: Night at the Crossroads” (2017)

In “Maigret: Night at the Crossroads,” French detectives led by Maigret investigate the death of a man found in the trunk of a car near a secluded house.

“Maigret in Montmartre” (2017)

In his most recent case, Rowan Atkinson investigates, portraying Maigret, the death of two women in the famous Parisian district of Montmartre.

Although Rowan Atkinson is not a typical portrayal of Maigret, his performance showed that he is a great actor capable of playing serious roles. He himself admitted to being a fan of Simenon’s books.

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