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Today, many people dream of becoming movie stars. This is both fame and multi-million dollar royalties. From the very inception of the genre, recognizable actors began to appear. Their talents attracted audiences by providing box office for films. Charlie Chaplin became the first comedian to become world famous.
Until now, he is not only remembered, but his films are being watched. We laugh at an unlucky man who constantly finds himself in ridiculous situations. Charlie Chaplin knew the whole world, from America and Africa to China.
However, outside the stage, the actor lived a rather interesting and full of contradictions life. The strangest facts from the life of a TV star will be discussed.
Rare vulgarity. Charlie Chaplin is remembered for his roles in touching and naive comedies. But when he appeared in the 1910s, the world looked differently at the manner of the actor. Then his famous gait was considered disgusting, characteristic of a vagrant. And the character's cane looked as if it was needed solely for lifting up women's skirts. The first films of the actors were low-budget, their quality and level of humor were below any criticism. We can only recall the film "A Dog's Life", filmed in 1918. And 20 years later, in the 1930s, elements of lack of culture were still encountered in films with Chaplin.
Strange blood test. In 1942, the actor got into a scandal, almost the most significant in his life. At that time, he recently divorced his next wife and immediately began a new affair with a certain Joan Barry. But this relationship did not last long, the actor broke up with his mistress. But in 1943, Barry reappeared in his life, claiming that she gave birth to a child from Chaplin. The woman even managed to file a paternity claim. But the actor won this case in 1944. For this, he passed blood tests. Only the following year the case was reviewed. Attorney Joseph Smith found the tests were falsified. It was pointless to deny - science was proving the fact of forgery. Charlie Chaplin had to pay the child tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid. And this precedent itself forced the local authorities to tighten the paternity law and put blood tests higher than other evidence.
The contraband film. Charlie Chaplin was not only an actor, but also a director. His first feature film, The Kid, was released in 1921. Today, many of his scenes would have surprised the viewer, but then the tape became a sensation. In one scene, the Tramp is flirting with a 12-year-old girl, Lila Gray. At the age of 15, this actress was supposed to star in the "Gold Rush" but got pregnant by a movie star. As a result, Charlie Chaplin was forced to marry a young girl. The film ends with a tramp kissing a street child. It looks shocking today. But then the film turned out to be the undisputed success of the director, bringing him an impressive income. But during the filming with Chaplin, an interesting moment happened - he had to start smuggling film. The fact is that when the work on the film came to an end, the actor was just divorcing his first wife. He suspected that his wife would want to get a share from the filmed film. But his budget was impressive for those times half a million dollars. Then Chaplin decided to secretly transport 122 kilometers of film in coffee cans away from the California court, to Salt Lake City. And for the final editing it was planned to send the tape in the same way to New Jersey. The actor committed this smuggling under an assumed name - so much he wanted to hide the fruits of his labor from his wife.
Sound and silent movies. Released in 1927, The Jazz Singer starring Al Johnson finally convinced the film world that the future belongs to films with sound. But Chaplin did not want to leave his usual silent cinema niche. He despised the new fashion so much that in 1931, in the movie City Lights, he even ridiculed the idea of synchronizing video and sound. And the last silent film with Chaplin was released in 1936. And only in 1942 the film idol began to treat the soundtrack of his films favorably. Later, Chaplin even released a voiced version of his "Gold Rush". And he liked her so much that he didn't even try to update his copyright to the dumb version. So it became a public domain. But further Chaplin's films from the point of view of dialogues turned out to be extremely oversaturated and difficult. He tried to find a place for conversation in his films, putting it above the action. This lesson turned out to be extremely revealing for the rest of the directors and screenwriters.
His "best" film. Today, critics have no doubt that Chaplin's silent films are the very best in their genre. So, in the rating of the American Film Institute, the film "City Lights" takes a high 11th place, "Gold Rush" - 58th, "New Times" - 79th. All of them are included in the hundred best films of the last century. But did Charlie Chaplin himself consider these films to be his best creations? Oddly enough, but no. In his opinion, The Countess from Hong Kong was his best film. Today, not even all fans of Chaplin's work have heard of such a film. Meanwhile, this is his only colored product. Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando starred. The Italian played a Russian prostitute who met Brando's character. He forced him to flee with him to America with the help of blackmail. But the critics and the audience did not agree with Chaplin. As a result, the film failed at the box office.
A kick from a communist. It turns out that since 1946 Charlie Chaplin was officially monitored by the FBI, suspecting him of communist views. And the matter went so far that the American intelligence services even turned to their British colleagues for help. MI5 was required to find evidence of the actor's sympathy for the communists. If it is impossible to do this, simply deport Chaplin from the country under any pretext. But the secret services were never able to find solid evidence of the actors' guilt, but in 1952 he was still banned from entering the United States. The reason was the 1917 film "The Immigrant". There, the tramp, along with the rest of the immigrants, was chained to the wall. According to the plot of the film, Chaplin's character kicked a passing immigration officer. This scene attracted the attention of the head of the FBI Edgar Hoover, it became the basis for the ban on the entry of the actor in America.
Israel Thornstein. Who was hiding behind the mask of a cheerful Tramp? The people constantly wondered what was the real name of Charlie Chaplin, and who was he by origin? Since the 1910s, they said that he was born not at all in England, but in France, according to rumors, his real name was Israel Thornstein. There was no evidence for this myth, as, in fact, there were no documents proving Chaplin's birth in Great Britain. The actor himself came to the United States in 1910, but the first immigration records about him date back only to 1920. Was this a deliberate deception or a consequence of the usual mess when registering newcomers? The very same name Israel Thornstein arose from the opinion that Chaplin has Israeli roots. Painfully convincingly, he played a Jewish hairdresser in the movie "The Great Dictator".
Deleted scenes. In 1918, Chaplin decided not to collaborate with Essanay anymore, but to start his own career as an independent filmmaker. He was already a celebrity, and his films would have attracted viewers regardless of where and by whom they were filmed. But the studio Essanay harbored a grudge and decided to go for meanness. There they found cut frames from the still unfinished full-length film "Life", assembled a piece of the film from them based on their own script. Outside actors were invited and a full-fledged film "Triple Trouble" was created. Charlie Chaplin himself fell into a rage when he saw how bad, in his opinion, scenes suddenly hit the rental. In numerous interviews, the star condemned this film, and film critics joined his opinion. True, when writing his autobiography in 1964, among his other works, Charlie Chaplin mentioned this one, forgetting about its true "unworthy" origin.
Charlie Chaplin lookalikes. The popularity of the actor led to the appearance in the late 1910s of a strange kind of films - they starred Chaplin's doubles. Moreover, this was not a simple copying of the famous style just for the sake of self-promotion. The actors both dressed and made up so that even film distributors confused them with Chaplin. Among these imitators were personalities such as Billy West, Billy Ritchie and Stan Jefferson. Critics believed that although the former managed to convey the mannerisms of Charlie Chaplin, he still could not repeat his intense emotions.
Saving Disney and his gratitude. It turns out that there is a connection between the famous comedian and Disney cartoons. Chaplin's greatest influence was on the classic 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was with her that the worldwide fame of the Walt Disney film company began. She took a chance by releasing the first ever full-length animated film, but it became a hit, breaking all profit records. Disney himself admitted that most of the success of the cartoon is due to Charlie Chaplin. He even helped the company correctly define its ticket pricing policy. Without such an authoritative advisor, Disney felt like a "sheep in the den of wolves." If Chaplin had known what his help would turn out to be, he would have been more careful. 10 years after the release of the picture, Disney personally spoke in Congress, declaring the germs of communism in Hollywood. The hint pointed directly to Charlie Chaplin. And in 1947, thanks to Disney, a "black list" appeared, which included his longtime benefactor. So Chaplin was deported from the country.