While trying to stimulate my mind this evening I came across this interesting articles on The New York Times site about Rob McClure experience playing Charlie Chaplin over the past couple of years.
Silent films, after all, weren’t really silent — they were shown with music — and Chaplin, a composer himself, added sound to his films as soon as the technology was available. Inspiration struck: Mr. McClure would “bring a fly swatter, play ‘Flight of the Bumblebee,’ fight an invisible fly and lose.”
Thus Mr. McClure’s impromptu Amtrak practice session the next morning, fly swatter and iPhone playback included. “The people walking past me on the train must have thought I was out of my mind,” Mr. McClure said. But the gamble paid off in the audition room.