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(1992)

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Geraldine Chaplin played her real-life paternal grandmother Hannah Chaplin.
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In an interview on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), Robert Downey, Jr. said that while preparing for the movie, he watched all of Charlie Chaplin's movies. When asked what how he felt about them, he said, "They scared the hell out of me."
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While researching his role, Robert Downey, Jr. visited the Museum of the Moving Image in London, England and persuaded the staff to let him try on one of Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" suits and boots. The latter fit him perfectly, and he found a cigar stub in one of the pockets, which he subsequently treasured.
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The original cut was nearly four hours long. Over two hundred hours of footage was shot.
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When Charlie Chaplin is at work on Shoulder Arms (1918), he asks his cameraman, Roland Totheroh, how the light is. Totheroh (and the rest of the crew) replies, "Better down at Barney's bar." That was the signal for production to end for the day. The "light" referred the light beer served at Barney Oldfield's bar, which was the favorite drink and hangout for the crew after filming.
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Sir Richard Attenborough's Director's Cut was two hours and twenty-seven minutes long, twelve minutes longer than the version shown in theaters. Attenborough said the cuts damaged the movie.
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Geraldine Chaplin recalled that when she first saw Robert Downey, Jr. in full costume, she was so awestruck on how much he resembled her late father that she needed a moment to collect her thoughts to even speak.
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Contrary to what is presented in the movie, Charlie Chaplin had a child with Mildred Harris. Their son, Norman Spencer Chaplin, died three days after birth.
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Kevin Kline was originally considered by Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough to play Charlie Chaplin. Kline originally turned down the role of Douglas Fairbanks because his child had just been born. Attenborough agreed to delay the shooting of Kline's scenes for a month.
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When Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.) arrives in Hollywood (to join Mack Sennett (Dan Aykroyd)), a movie is being made. Chaplin joins in and improvises a complex scene. This was actually the final chase sequence from The Adventurer (1917). The location for the last shots of the opening sequence of the same movie were used when Chaplin takes Oona Chaplin (Moira Kelly) on a tour of his old haunts, just before they leave for Europe.
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This movie was originally called "Charlie", as Chaplin was known among his friends, family, and fans. The makers of the Cliff Robertson movie, Charly (1968), complained that the title would lead to confusion with their movie, so this movie had to be renamed "Chaplin".
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Robert Downey, Jr. recorded the song "Smile", which can be heard on the soundtrack from the movie. However, it was not used in the movie.
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This movie received its limited release in the United States on December 25, 1992, the fifteenth anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's death.
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This movie was to be distributed by Universal Pictures, but the studio wanted a bigger name than Robert Downey Jr. in the leading role, preferring Dustin Hoffman or Billy Crystal. When Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough refused to comply, this movie was put into turnaround, and a new producer had to be found. Mario Kassar agreed to take the reins, but demanded that the movie include the later part of Chaplin's life in Switzerland. William Goldman was then brought in to write these new scenes.
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Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough turned down many movie roles because of obligations to the movies he had directed. Due to the post-production and promotion of this movie, he almost had to do so again when Steven Spielberg offered him the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993). However, Spielberg offered to move his production schedule to accommodate Attenborough.
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Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough cast Marisa Tomei in the role of Mabel Normand, after seeing her performance in Oscar (1991) on a transatlantic flight.
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George Hayden (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is the only principal character in the movie who is fictional.
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Peter Sellers had sought to make a movie about Charlie Chaplin a few decades earlier.
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Patsy Kensit auditioned for the role of Oona Chaplin.
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Nick Nolte was considered to play Charlie Chaplin in the later years of his life.
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Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough later stated that Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925) was his favorite movie.
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To prepare for his role, Robert Downey, Jr. learned how to play the violin and tennis left-handed. He also engaged a coach to help him imitate Charlie Chaplin's posture and mannerisms.
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Robert Downey, Jr. mentioned in a 2013 interview that during his first audition, Sir Richard Attenborough held up a picture of Tom Cruise and told Downey that he was also considering Cruise for the part. Downey said that he was unsure if Cruise was actually in contention for the role, or whether this was merely a motivational tactic by Attenborough.
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In addition to playing her paternal grandmother Hannah Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin was briefly depicted as an eight-year-old girl in a scene set in September 1952.
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This movie takes place from January 1894 to April 10, 1972.
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Charles Chaplin's eyes were often described as strikingly blue, by those who knew him. Robert Downey Jr.'s are hazel. They look dark brown, but the brighter lighting of his face in several scenes in Restoration (1995) revealed his eyes to be hazel with green highlights.
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James Woods (Joseph Scott) filmed his role in one day.
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Co-Producer Diana Hawkins was the one who suggested to Sir Richard Attenborough the idea of making a Charlie Chaplin biography movie, knowing that he was a fan of Chaplin.
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John Goodman and Winona Ryder were attached to this movie at one time. They were considered for the roles of Mack Sennett and Mildred Harris.
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Bryan Forbes' discarded script had a different beginning, and focused on some darker elements of Charlie Chaplin's life and personality. Although his script was not used, the WGA ruled that Forbes received writing credit, because much of the movie's framework was derived from his script.
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Steven Spielberg offered Sir Richard Attenborough the role of Tootles in Hook (1991), but he had to decline, as he was working on this movie. Arthur Malet was cast instead. Spielberg cast Attenborough as John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993), which was his first acting role since The Human Factor (1979).
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In this movie, Roland Totheroh works with Charlie Chaplin at Keystone in 1914. Their working relationship actually started a year later. It lasted from 1915 until Chaplin was exiled from the United States in 1952.
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Tim Curry was considered for the role of Charlie Chaplin before Robert Downey, Jr. was cast.
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This was John Thaw's final movie before his death on February 21, 2002 at the age of sixty.
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Pierce Brosnan was considered to play Douglas Fairbanks. Sir Richard Attenborough cast Brosnan as the title character in Grey Owl (1999).
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This movie was one of many collaborations between Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Richard Attenborough, which includes A Bridge Too Far (1977), Magic (1978), and Shadowlands (1993).
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Like many composers, John Barry, who scored this movie, developed a recognizable style. Part of a recognizable style is instrumental choices, melodic cues and striking certain notes or chords. In Barry's score for this movie, particularly, many similarities to his score for Out of Africa (1985) can be heard.
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Johnny Depp did the forks in bread rolls dance gimmick Charlie Chaplin famously does at dinner, in Benny & Joon (1993).
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Graham Sinclair (Master of Ceremonies) was the son-in-law of Sir Richard Attenborough.
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Sir Richard Attenborough previously directed Kevin Kline in Cry Freedom (1987).
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Gerald Sim (Doctor) was the brother-in-law of Producer and Director Sir Richard Attenborough.
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James Woods claimed in the episode of The Simpsons (1989) in which he appeared, that he actually travelled back in time to the 1920s to prepare for his role in this movie.
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In the first scene, J. Edgar Hoover (Kevin Dunn) is arguing with Charlie Chaplin (Robert Downey, Jr.), guests at the table include Marion Davies (Heather McNair) and William Randolph Hearst (Jack Ritschel), both of whom played important roles in Chaplin's life.
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The cast includes three Oscar winners: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Kline; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Diane Lane, and James Woods.
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Jeff Bridges, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, and Antony Sher were considered for the title role.
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Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei appeared in Only You (1994), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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Paulette Goddard did beat out Katherine Hepburn in the race to play Scarlett O'Hara. She was one of the two finalists for the role, losing only to Vivien Leigh.
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