- The first letter of each of the main character’s first names – Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur/Ariadne, Mal, Sato – spell the word DREAMS.
- Evan Rachel Wood was Christopher Nolan‘s first choice to play Ariadne, but she turned it down. Nolan considered casting Emily Blunt, Rachel McAdams and Emma Roberts, but chose Ellen Page instead.
- Phonetically, “Cobb” means “dream” (khwab) in Urdu.
- The running time of 2 hours 28 min is a reference to the original length of the Édith Piaf’s song “Non, je ne regrette rien”, which lasts (on its first recorded edition) 2 minutes 28 seconds.
- Contrary to popular belief, Hans Zimmer did not compose the music that appears in the third trailer for this film. The track, titled “Mind Heist”, was actually composed by Zack Hemsey.
- The name of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character is the same as that of one of the main characters in Christopher Nolan‘s first feature film,Following (1998). Further, both the characters have the same profession – they supposedly play thieves.
- James Franco was in talks with Christopher Nolan to play Arthur, but was ultimately unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
- Prints of the movie were shipped to theaters under the name “Hour Glass”.
- In an interview with ‘Entertainment Weekly’, Christopher Nolan explained that he based roles of the Inception team similar to roles that are used in filmmaking – Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Ariadne is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. “In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know,” said Nolan.
- A direct translation of the lyrics for the song “Non, je ne regrette rien” as performed by Edith Piaf is: “I regret nothing/no, I have no regrets/I regret neither the good things that were done to me nor the bad things/They are all the same to me/…The past is payed, swept away, forgotten/I don’t care of the past anymore/I set my memories on fire/My agonies, and my pleasures/I don’t need them any more/Swept away in the agonies of love/Swept away forever, I’m restarting with nothing…” Nolan has made a point of saying that he chose the song specifically for the movie, which is heavily concerned with the effect of memories on the psyche, and specifically the disastrous effect that not letting go of memories of love-gone-wrong can have on the subconscious–exactly what the song discusses. Also of note: in the original French, “I regret neither the good things I’ve done nor the bad things” is “Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait ni le mal,” and since Cobb’s wife is named Mal, that gives the line a double meaning.
- ScreenRant – Michael Caine Says ‘Inception’ Ending Was No Dream “…Everybody and their grandmother wanted to know what Christopher Nolan truly intended, specifically with his ending. Was Leonardo Dicaprio’s character, Cobb, still in the dream-world? Or was he in that weird half-sleep, half-awake state where gremlins sit on your chest and talk to you? Now, Sir Michael Caine claims to have...
- Deadline – OSCAR: Chris Nolan Q&A About ‘Inception’ “DEADLINE: What breakthrough ended Inception’s 10-year script gestation period? NOLAN: The final piece of the puzzle for me with the script I’d been trying to finish for about 10 years was figuring out how to connect emotionally with the central character in a way that would make it a more...
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- Guardian – Inception soundtrack created entirely from Edith Piaf song “…Anyone who has seen Christopher Nolan’s movie will recall Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, the song used to signal a “kick” to another reality. But Piaf’s famous ballad does not just permeate Inception as a sample – it’s in the soundtrack’s DNA. “Just for the game of it,” Zimmer told...