Charlie Chaplin was a grasp at physique language and bodily comedy, so getting that proper was pivotal. Robert Downey Jr. labored with two motion coaches who taught him learn how to take a pratfall and different Chaplin mannerisms. A coach even educated him to play tennis left-handed like Chaplin. “I did not must, nevertheless it was a chance to actually go for broke and nail the character as a lot as I might,” he advised the Chicago Tribune. “I do know the manufacturing facet usually thought the heck with it. You understand, when the solar was taking place and I used to be nonetheless serving them over to Beirut.”
Two dialect coaches educated him to speak just like the London-raised Chaplin. His dedication to turning himself into Chaplin jogs my memory of Vin Diesel’s obsession with turning himself into mobster Giacomo “Jackie” DiNorscio for his “Discover Me Responsible” efficiency. Like Diesel found, Downey too realized that the impersonation is not all the things. “Sir Richard [Attenborough] needed extra than simply an impersonation,” Downey Jr. advised the Chicago Tribune. “He stated it was essential to carry Charlie into myself fairly than attempt to simply carry myself into Charlie.”
Years later, in his interview with “Off Digital camera with Sam Jones,” Downey described portraying Chaplin as his “first Iron Man expertise,” saying it was his first position through which individuals did not instantly imagine he might pull off, therefore Common’s calls for for Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, and Attenborough’s yearnings for Tom Cruise. However he advised the Chicago Tribune that when he did start to doubt himself and really feel overwhelmed by taking part in such a large determine, it was Attenborough who pulled him again out of the dumps. “He’d say, ‘Not solely are you able to do that, you have been born to do that,'” Downey Jr. stated.