The entire impetus for the story came from how much I respect and admire Charlie, and how he used his fame to implore the world to not follow men like Hitler, and strive for unity and peace. He risked his entire career on a noble, humanitarian movie. Such a powerful, beautiful, speech made at exactly the right time. It’s a shame no one listened.

So I don’t want to rob him of his agency, but at the same time, take what had to have been an internal struggle and externalize it. Also, I thought it was important to have him struggle with the decision to make The Great Dictator.

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