Yes, we know he played Ray Charles, who was black and blind, but could he handle Beethoven, who was white and deaf? Well, not exactly, but he is appearing as a black street musician in the new movie, still shooting, by the director of Atonement. It is based on stories by L.A. Times columnist about the musician who went to Julliard with Yo Yo Ma and ended up on the streets. Robert J. Downey, of course, plays the slightly crazed reporter. A statue of Beethoven in a park plays a key role. I've written a column about it, see link, and then the conclusion of a program about Beethoven featuring Peter Ustinov.