Inception is a film that has baffled many people over the years. Now it turns out one of the stars the film doesn’t have a clue what it’s all about, either.
If Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t got any idea about what went on, then we shouldn’t feel bad for not knowing either.
Christopher Nolan’s mind-bender came out more than a decade ago, any many people are still figuring it out.
DiCaprio made the surprising confession when he was a guest on a podcast. He discussed it on WTF with Marc Maron last year, when he was a guest along with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt was talking about how he couldn’t explain some of his 2019 film Ad Astra. DiCaprio added: “That sounds like Inception for me. What happened? I have no idea.”
He added: “Sometimes you’re just focused on your character, man… When it came to Chris Nolan and his mind and how that was all pieced together, everyone was trying to constantly put that puzzle together.”
The host asked him if he thinks it makes sense in the end. Leo says: “It depends on the eye of the beholder, I guess.”
Spoiler alert – at the end of the film Cobb’s (DiCaprio) trusty totem still spinning. If it carried on spinning then he was dreaming, if it falls over he was in reality. Instead of showing you what happened, Nolan decided on the ultimate cliffhanger instead.
Nolan gave an explanation back in 2015, as part of a lecture on ‘reality and dreams’ at Princeton University in New Jersey.
He explained: “The way the end of that film worked, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb – he was off with his kids, he was in his own subjective reality. He didn’t really care anymore, and that makes a statement: perhaps, all levels of reality are valid. The camera moves over the spinning top just before it appears to be wobbling, it was cut to black.
“I skip out of the back of the theatre before people catch me, and there’s a very, very strong reaction from the audience: usually a bit of a groan. The point is, objectively, it matters to the audience in absolute terms: even though when I’m watching, it’s fiction, a sort of virtual reality.
“But the question of whether that’s a dream or whether it’s real is the question I’ve been asked most about any of the films I’ve made. It matters to people because that’s the point about reality. Reality matters.”
Michael Caine played Cobb’s mentor and father-in-law Professor Stephen Miles n the film. Back in 2018 he let slip some insider info on what he thinks happened.
He said: “When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him [Nolan], ‘I don’t understand where the dream is’. I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’
“He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene it’s reality’. So get that – if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.”
Seeing as Caine is in the final scene with DiCaprio, it would be safe to assume that means it’s reality.
Don’t even get us started on Tenet.
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