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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 Charles 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 Charles 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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During the scene when Charles 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.
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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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Richard Attenborough's director's cut was one 147 minutes long, twelve minutes longer than the version shown in theaters. Attenborough said the cuts damaged the film.
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The film 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 the film had to be renamed "Chaplin."
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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.
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Kevin Kline was originally considered by the director Richard Attenborough to play Charles 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 Charles Chaplin arrives in Hollywood (to join Mack Sennett), a film 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 film were used when Chaplin takes Oona Chaplin on a tour of his old haunts, just before they leave for Europe.
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The film received its limited release in the United States on December 25, 1992, the fifteenth anniversary of Charles Chaplin's death.
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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 film.
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Nick Nolte was considered to play Charles Chaplin in the later years of his life.
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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 the director Richard Attenborough refused to comply, the film 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 Charles Chaplin's life in Switzerland. William Goldman was then brought in to write these new sequences.
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The 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, Spielberg offered to move his production schedule to accommodate Attenborough.
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George Hayden (played by Anthony Hopkins) was the only principal character in the film who is fictional.
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The director 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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Peter Sellers had previously sought to make a film about Charles Chaplin a few decades earlier.
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Patsy Kensit auditioned for the role of Oona Chaplin.
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The director Richard Attenborough later stated that Charles Chaplin's film The Gold Rush (1925) was his favourite film.
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Robert Downey, Jr. mentioned in a 2013 interview that during his first audition, the director 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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To prepare for his role, Robert Downey, Jr. learned how to play the violin and tennis left-handed. He also had a personal coach to help him imitate Charles Chaplin's posture and way of carrying himself.
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James Woods filmed his role in one day.
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In addition to playing her 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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The film takes place from January 1894 to April 10, 1972.
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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 hazel. (They look dark brown at first glance, but the brighter lighting of his face in Restoration (1995) revealed his eyes to be hazel with green highlights.)
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John Goodman and Winona Ryder were attached to this project at one time. They were considered for the roles of Mack Sennett and Mildred Harris.
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Co-producer Diana Hawkins was the one who suggested to the director Richard Attenborough the idea of making a Charles Chaplin biography film, knowing that he was a fan of Chaplin's.
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Bryan Forbes' discarded script had a different beginning and focused on some darker elements of Charles Chaplin's life and personality. Although his script was not used, the WGA ruled that Forbes received writing credit because much of the film's framework was derived from his script.
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Although Roland Totheroh is depicted in the film to have worked with Charles 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.
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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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Pierce Brosnan was considered to play Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Director Sir Richard Attenborough cast Brosnan as the title character in Grey Owl (1999).
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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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Johnny Depp did the forks in bread rolls dance gimmick Charles Chaplin famously does at dinner, in Benny & Joon (1993).
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Tim Curry was considered for the role of Charles Chaplin before Robert Downey, Jr. was cast.
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This film was one of many collaborations between Anthony Hopkins and the director Richard Attenborough, which includes A Bridge Too Far (1977), Magic (1978), and Shadowlands (1993).
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The director Richard Attenborough previously directed Kevin Kline in Cry Freedom (1987).
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Gerald Sim (Doctor) was the brother-in-law of the director Richard Attenborough.
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Like many composers, John Barry, who scored this film, 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 Chaplin (1992), particularly, many similarities to his score for Out of Africa (1985) can be heard.
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Graham Sinclair (Master of Ceremonies) was the son-in-law of the director Richard Attenborough.
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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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The film cast includes three Oscar winners, 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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James Wood claimed in the episode of The Simpsons he starred in that he actually travelled back in time to the 1920s to prepare for his role in this film.
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