Trivia / Charlie Chaplin

  • Copiously Credited Creator: wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and composed the music for many of his films.
  • I Am Not Spock: Despite what many people think, Chaplin looked and acted almost nothing like The Tramp in real life. To start with, that mustache was fake.
  • No Stunt Double
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Supposedly, in the film The Circus, a "time traveler" is seen speaking into a cell phone, which would be impossible for the time period. The person in question does not actually appear in the film itself, but rather the film's trailer. Also, those who have inspected the situation have said the mysterious individual is likely holding up an old-fashioned hearing aid, not a cell phone.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Chaplin never used scripts when making his movies—his films would always be made by constant trial and error at his own expense, focusing on the personality of the characters rather than the story. Even his features only used a little pre-planning for the story, but no fully written scripts. The one exception was Monsieur Verdoux which had a script by Orson Welles, Chaplin rewrote it to fit his interests, but otherwise retained Welles' structure.