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(1992)

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Geraldine Chaplin plays her real life paternal grandmother Hannah Chaplin.
In an interview on Inside the Actor's Studio, 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."
During the scene when 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'. This was the signal for production to end for the day - the 'light' Chaplin was referring to was the light beer served at Barney Oldfield's bar, which was the favourite drink and hangout for the crew after filming.
The original cut was nearly 4 hours long; over 200 hours of footage was shot.
Attenborough's director's cut was 147 minutes, 12 minutes longer than the version shown in cinemas. Attenborough has said that the cuts damaged the film.
While researching his role, Robert Downey Jr.' visited the Museum of the Moving Image in London and persuaded the staff to let him try on one of Charles Chaplin's actual Little Tramp suits and boots. The latter fit him perfectly, and he found cigar stub in one of the pockets, which he subsequently treasured.
George Hayden (Anthony Hopkins) is the only principal character in the entire film who is fictional.
Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Charlie Chaplin.
Contrary to what is presented in the film, Charles Chaplin had a child with Mildred Harris. Their son, Norman Spencer Chaplin, died three days after birth.
The film received its limited release in the United States on December 25, 1992, the 15th anniversary of Charles Chaplin's death.
Originally called "Charlie", as he was known among his friends and family. The makers of the Cliff Robertson movie Charly (1968). complained that the title would lead to confusion with their movie, so the film had to be renamed to "Chaplin".
Johnny Depp was considered for the role of Charlie Chaplin.
Robert Downey Jr. recorded the song "Smile," which can be heard on the soundtrack from the movie. However, it was not used in the film.
Richard Attenborough cast Marisa Tomei in the role of Mabel Normand after seeing her performance in the '30s set comedy Oscar (1991) on a transatlantic flight.
Kevin Kline was originally considered by Richard Attenborough to play 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.
When Chaplin arrives in Hollywood (to join Mack Sennett) a film is being made. Chaplin joins in and improvises a complex scene. This is actually the final chase sequence from The Adventurer (1917). The location for the last shots of the opening sequence of the same film are used when Chaplin takes Oona Chaplin on a tour of his old haunts just before they leave for Europe.
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.
Peter Sellers had previously sought to make a film about Charlie Chaplin decades earlier.
Director Richard Attenborough turned down many film roles because of obligations to the pictures he had directed. Due to the post-production and promotion of this film, he almost had to do so again when Steven Spielberg offered him the role of John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993). However, unlike many other film directors, Spielberg offered to move his production schedule to accommodate Attenborough.
James Woods filmed his role in one day.
Bryan Forbes's discarded script had a different beginning and focused on some darker elements of Chaplin's life and personality. Although his script was not used, the WGA ruled that Forbes got writing credit because much of the film's framework was derived from his script.
In real life, Charles Chaplin's eyes were reportedly very strikingly blue by those who knew him, but in the movie Robert Downey Jr.'s are a darker; medium brown/green. (They look dark brown at first glance, but the brighter lighting of his face in "Restoration" reveals a much lighter honey/syrup colour with hints of green.)
The film takes place from January 1894 to April 10, 1972.
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Co-producer Diana Hawkins was the one who suggested to Richard Attenborough the idea of making a Chaplin biography film, knowing that he was a fan of Chaplin.
Robert Downey Jr. mentioned in a 2013 interview that during his first audition direction 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 even actually in contention for the role or whether this was merely a motivational tactic by Attenborough.
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John Goodman and Winona Ryder were attached to this project at one time. They were considered for Mack Sennett and Mildred Harris.
The director Richard Attenborough later stated that Charles Chaplin's film The Gold Rush (1925) was his favourite film.
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As well as playing her grandmother Hannah Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin is briefly depicted as an eight-year-old girl in a scene set in September 1952.
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Although Roland Totheroh is depicted in this film to have worked with Chaplin at Keystone in 1914, it was not until a year later that the two began their working relationship that was to last 37 years from 1915 until Chaplin was exiled from the United States in 1952.
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This was John Thaw's final film before his death on February 21, 2002 at the age of 60.
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Pierce Brosnan was considered to play Douglas Fairbanks.
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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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John Cusack was considered for the title role.
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Johnny Depp did the forks in bread rolls dance gimmick that Chaplin does at dinner, in the movie Benny & Joon (1993).
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Steven Spielberg offered the director Richard Attenborough the role of Tootles in Hook (1991) but he had to decline as he was working on this film. Arthur Malet was cast instead. Spielberg later cast Attenborough as John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993), which was his first acting role since The Human Factor (1979).
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Gerald Sim (Doctor) was the brother-in-law of the director Richard Attenborough.
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Antony Sher was considered for the title role.
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Graham Sinclair (Master of Ceremonies) is the son-in-law of the director Richard Attenborough.
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