“Signs of Insanity” – The relationship between Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin – who shared the same room when they toured the US in their early days – was just for laughs not…
When we think of “lean” Stan Laurel and “Charlotte” Charlie Chaplin most of us smile at the memory of their funny, genius skits in silent, and beyond, cinema.
But it seems the relationship between the two British actors – who shared the same room when they toured the US in their early days – just for laughs wasn’t…
In a letter written 65 years ago, and brought to light by the Daily Mail, Laurel describes Chaplin as “mean and cheap” with “signs of insanity”.
Laurel stood in for his colleague when they both worked as entertainers for Fred Carnot’s company in 1910 and 1912.
In a letter written in 1957, he wrote: “I have to agree with you that Chaplin was mean and cheap, never to my knowledge, ever cared [για] nobody – financially or for whatever reason, he never had time for any of his close friends who worked with him in the early days. I was closely associated with Charlie for two or three years.’
“I was his replacement and roomed with him on many occasions, so I’m fully aware of his idiosyncrasies.”
Speaking of his mood swings in the letter to his friend Ed Patterson, he added: “He was a very eccentric character, had many mood swings, sometimes signs of insanity, which I think were further developed when he acquired fame and fortune…”
But Laurel acknowledges Chaplin’s genius, continuing, “In my opinion, he’s still the greatest artist of his kind.” Stan Laurel’s controversial letter was sold at auction in London in 2017.
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