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
Towards the end of the movie there is a shot of the New York waterfront with the French ocean liner SS Normandie in the foreground, the subtitle showed the year as 1952. The Normandie was seized by the US government in 1942 and as she was being converted to a troop ship, caught fire and capsized at her dock. She was sold for scrap four years later. 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 loose control? We need to know those facts.
It's hard to say. She could be so wonderful, on good days...
THE HONEYSUCKLE AND THE BEE
Albert Fitz and William H. Penn
(as William Penn) See more