L The actor portraying the sculptor, Granville Redmond, appeared in seven films of Chaplin, recognizable by his wild mane. Redmond was deaf and his performances were the earliest examples of deaf representation in Hollywood. Some believe that Redmond even taught Chaplin, famous as pantomime, how to use sign language.
But Redmond was above all an artist, the one who inspired Chaplin with paintings of the natural beauty of the California: Calm, brown scenes; lonely rocky monuments protruding from an island peninsula; grasslands dotted with atrees lit by a hot sun; Blue nocturnal swamps under the dramatic glow of the moon. His paintings are considered today among the best examples of Californian Impressionism.