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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 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."
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", to which Chaplin was referring, was the light beer served at Barney Oldfield's bar, which was the favorite drink and hangout for the crew after filming.
Sir Richard Attenborough's Director's Cut was one hundred forty-seven minutes long. Twelve minutes longer than the version shown in theaters. Attenborough has said that the cuts damaged the film.
The original cut was nearly four hours long. Over two hundred hours of footage was shot.
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 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.
Contrary to what is presented in the film, Charlie Chaplin had a child with Mildred Harris. Their son, Norman Spencer Chaplin, died three days after birth.
Originally called "Charlie", as he 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 the film had to be renamed "Chaplin".
George Hayden (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is the only principal character in the film who is fictional.
Nick Nolte was considered to play Chaplin in the later years of his life.
Kevin Kline was originally considered by 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.
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.
Sir Richard Attenborough cast Marisa Tomei in the role of Mabel Normand, after seeing her performance in the 1930s set comedy Oscar (1991) on a transatlantic flight.
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.
The film received its limited release in the United States on December 25, 1992, the fifteenth anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's death.
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.
Sir 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.
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 Sir 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.
Patsy Kensit auditioned for Oola Chaplin.
Peter Sellers had previously sought to make a film about Charlie Chaplin a few decades earlier.
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.
Sir Richard Attenborough later stated that Charlie Chaplin's film The Gold Rush (1925) was his favorite film.
Bryan Forbes' 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.
James Woods filmed his role in one day.
In real-life, Charlie Chaplin's eyes were reportedly very strikingly blue by those who knew him, but in the movie, Robert Downey, Jr.'s are hazel. (They look dark brown at first glance, but the brighter lighting of his face in "Restoration" reveals his eyes to be hazel with green highlights.)
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.
John Goodman and Winona Ryder were attached to this project at one time. They were considered for Mack Sennett and Mildred Harris.
The film takes place from January 1894 to April 10, 1972.
Co-Producer Diana Hawkins was the one who suggested to Sir Richard Attenborough the idea of making a Chaplin biography film, knowing that he was a fan of Chaplin.
To prepare for his role, Robert Downey, Jr. learned how to play the violin and tennis left-handed. He also had a personal coach in order to help him imitate Charlie Chaplin's posture and way of carrying himself.
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 thirty-seven years, from 1915, until Chaplin was exiled from the United States in 1952.
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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Johnny Depp did the forks in bread rolls dance gimmick that Chaplin does at dinner, in Benny & Joon (1993).
Steven Spielberg offered Sir 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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This was John Thaw's final film before his death on February 21, 2002 at the age of 60.
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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 Sir Richard Attenborough.
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Graham Sinclair (Master of Ceremonies) is the son-in-law of Sir Richard Attenborough.
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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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Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, and Kevin Dunn appeared in Nixon (1995), another biopic.
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Kevin Kline and Kevin Dunn appeared in Dave (1993).
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Dan Aykroyd and Kevin Dunn appeared in Ghostbusters II (1989).
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The film 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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Kevin Dunn and Maria Pitillo appeared in Godzilla (1998).
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Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei appeared in Only You (1994).
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Robert Downey, Jr. and James Woods appeared in True Believer (1989).
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David Duchovny had previously appeared on Twin Peaks (1990), while Moira Kelly appeared in the film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). Richard Attenborough next appeared in Jurassic Park (1993) opposite Laura Dern, who, along with Duchovny, appeared in Twin Peaks (2017). Jurassic Park (1993) also starred Jeff Goldblum, who was played by Duchovny on an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975).
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