The film was originally to be distributed by Universal, but the studio wanted a bigger name in the starring role than Robert Downey Jr.
, preferring Dustin Hoffman
or Billy Crystal
. When Richard Attenborough
refused to comply, the movie was put into turnaround and a new producer had to be found. Mario Kassar
agreed to take the reigns, but demanded that the film include the latter part of Chaplin's life in Switzerland. William Goldman
was then brought in to write these new sequences. See more
When Charlie is shown at the 1972 Oscars near the end of the movie, he is showed being brought to the podium in the wheelchair and then standing at the podium as the movie clips played. In the actual awards ceremony, Charlie walked out to the podium under his own power after the clips ended. See more
Ha ha ha ha ha. Come on Charlie stop messing about, we really have to get down to it now. I just hope our friendship survives the day, that's all.
Ha George, don't be so melodramatic.
Well, it's your autobiography Charlie. And as your editor I have to tell you that parts of the manuscript are pretty vague, to say the least. I mean for instance, your mother. Now when did she first lose control? We need to know those facts.
It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...