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Disgruntled Indonesian moviegoer files suit against bogus ‘Bean’ flick

Publication Date : 19-06-2012

 

JAKARTA: An Indonesian moviegoer has filed a police report against the producer of horror flick Mr. Bean Kesurupan Depe (Mr. Bean is Possessed by Depe) for misleading consumers. Muhammad Rudjito, a lawyer based in Jakarta, filed the report on Monday at the Bogor Police headquarters, accusing the movie’s director, KK Dheeraj, of committing fraud. Rudjito filed the report in Bogor as that was where he saw the movie at a local cinema. "I filed the police report because I was cheated by the promotional posters of the film, which say that Mr. Bean will be featured, but he never appeared in the movie. This is fraud,” Rudjito said. Rudjito said he went to the movie after seeing the promotional poster, which includes the words “foreign actor” and “Mr. Bean”, references that convinced him that they referred to Rowan Atkinson, the actor who created the Mr. Bean character. He left the cinema early after seeing that the “Bean” character was being played only by a look-alike.

 

An Indonesian moviegoer has filed a police report against the producer of horror flick Mr. Bean Kesurupan Depe (Mr. Bean is Possessed by Depe) for misleading consumers.

Muhammad Rudjito, a lawyer based in Jakarta, filed the report on Monday at the Bogor Police headquarters, accusing the movie’s director, KK Dheeraj, of committing fraud.

Rudjito filed the report in Bogor as that was where he saw the movie at a local cinema.

"I filed the police report because I was cheated by the promotional posters of the film, which say that Mr. Bean will be featured, but he never appeared in the movie. This is fraud,” Rudjito told The Jakarta Post yesterday.

Rudjito said he went to the movie after seeing the promotional poster, which includes the words “foreign actor” and “Mr. Bean”, references that convinced him that they referred to Rowan Atkinson, the actor who created the Mr. Bean character.

He left the cinema early after seeing that the “Bean” character was being played only by a look-alike.

The movie, produced by K2K Productions and directed by Dheeraj, opened on June 7 and movie posters imply that it features British comedy actor Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. Posters and trailers for the film display Atkinson with his trademark smirk wearing a white pocong (death shroud).

Other fans who saw the film claimed the actor playing Bean was only a look-alike. The movie producer also said in a statement that the movie featured “the real Mr. Bean from England”.

The official Mr. Bean Facebook page issued a statement to clarify that Atkinson had nothing to do with the production of the local horror flick.

“Please be aware that it has nothing to do with your beloved Mr. Bean or Mr. Rowan Atkinson, so please avoid being disappointed,” the statement said.

The British actor who played Mr. Bean in the horror flick, William Ferguson, has said that he was upset with the film and he apologized to viewers of the movie.

Dheeraj reiterated that he never used Rowan Atkinson’s name when promoting his movie.

He called on anyone who filed a lawsuit against him to drop their cases because they were baseless.

"I never mentioned Atkinson. If people assumed this was him, then it’s not my fault; it’s their own fault for making assumptions," Dheeraj told The Jakarta Post yesterday.

Dheeraj said the name “Mr. Bean” referred to a comedic character and not Atkinson.

Dheeraj admitted, however, that he was ready to face legal charges, saying he had marshalled evidence that proved he was innocent.

"I can only emphasize that I never said anything about Rowan Atkinson, only ‘Mr. Bean from England’. My actor is truly from England and he often plays the role of ‘Mr. Bean’ on local British television channels,” Dheeraj said.

Article 4 of the 1999 Consumer Protection Law stipulates that consumers have the right to be given correct and clear information about the products offered by vendors. Violation of the article is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine of 500 million rupiah (US$52,841).

 

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