by Cap'n Carrot on October 14, 2009 · 4 comments

in Audio Visual,Film

I’m a big fan of Chaplin, which is one of my two favorite Robert Downey Jr. films (this being the other). Although Downey lost the Academy Award to Al Pacino that year, his recreation of Chaplin, particularly that of The Tramp, was nothing short of amazing. Here’s the scene which gives us the character’s origin and first moment caught on film. Take a look, and, if you like, you can also watch the entire film from the beginning.


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  • Annonymous

    I am confused? Did you say he lost The Academy Award to Anthony Hopkins, who plays the writer in the movie Chaplin????? Man you are not as big a fan as you thought you were. Robert lost The Academy Award to Al Pacino, for Scent of a Woman. You need to re-write the beginning of your article. Robert was robbed of The Osca. He did win The Bafta, which is The British Academy Award ,that year for Chaplin. Robert should have won both.

  • Cap’n Carrot

    Weird how memory plays tricks on you, I was so sure Chaplin was the same year as Silence of the Lambs that I failed to check. Nice catch!

  • Annonymous

    Your welcome Cap’n Carrot. I am a huge fan of Robert Downey Jrs. My husband and I were both born in 1966 and we are one year younger than Robert. We have been seeing his movies at the theatres since Weird Science. For my fifth Wedding Anniversary, we went to see Chaplin at the theatre. Nothing like seeing that movie on the big screen! I do believe that Robert was possessed by Chaplins’ spirit throughout that movie. His looks, his actions, movements and speech just everything. It was fantastic! We own all of Roberts’ movies and still go to the theatre to see his films. Chaplin is truly our favorite. We will see if Sherlock Holmes changes that any though. Thank you for the nice video and movie this morning (my husband found it today) it was fantastic! You haven’t truly seen Roberts’ Chaplin till you have sat in the theatre and seen it-once in a lifetime thing-wonderful! Chaplin was truly alive!

  • Cap’n Carrot

    Glad to know there are others out there who appreciate the film, especially Downey’s great performance.

    I’m with you on my skepticism of Sherlock Holmes, but as I’m a big fan of that character I’m hoping director Guy Ritchie doesn’t do him too much harm.

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