10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Inception

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  1. The first letter of each of the main character’s first names – Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur/Ariadne, Mal, Sato – spell the word DREAMS.
  2. Evan Rachel Wood was Christopher Nolan‘s first choice to play Ariadne, but she turned it down. Nolan considered casting Emily BluntRachel McAdams and Emma Roberts, but chose Ellen Page instead.
  3. Phonetically, “Cobb” means “dream” (khwab) in Urdu.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. James Franco was in talks with Christopher Nolan to play Arthur, but was ultimately unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.
  8. Prints of the movie were shipped to theaters under the name “Hour Glass”.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

–Source: IMDb

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thebeps April 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

For 10.. you can add also that the song, is Edith Piaf’s song, and that the actress that played Mal also played 2 years before the character of Edith Piaf in the 2007 movie “la vie en rose”.


Zac July 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Surely Fisher is the production company rather than the audience. Considering that he doesn’t really watch so much as bank roll the operation and have some practical input into the event itelf


Anonymous August 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv goood!


Garry September 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

i think leonardo in sleep and we need wait to inception 2


Anonymous November 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

yes cos the spin didnt stop


Gabe January 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

but you know it was about to stop 😉


Rael May 5, 2014 at 7:49 am

Nope. Had it have stopped the film would’ve been irrelevant. Reality is what you choose. Not what is most tangible or pleasing.


LP May 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

I believe what Gabe was saying is that in real life – the one in which this movie was filmed – the top was about to fall. And he is right.

Having it stopped or continue is quite relevant. Food for thought, if you are meant to be the only one to have touched and that totem, why was the top originally Mal’s? If no one else should hold it (because of the explained consequences), what does it mean that old Saito holds it?

Gnasi May 21, 2014 at 6:50 am



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