Last week, LA Times‘ Geoff Boucher shared his interview with Christopher Nolan on the upcoming psychological thriller, Inception. For some reason, Boucher decided to keep some of it from us until now.
Today we’ve got four new photos from the set of Nolan’s heist film “set in the architecture of the mind,” including a little more insight into Nolan’s vision.
It’s been made abundantly clear that this is a passion project for the director of The Dark Knight. And while many still want details on Batman 3, Nolan has been extremely focused on Inception. And he should be, considering the director has been building the concept in his mind for nearly two decades.
Not even 40 years old yet, Nolan has already been handed the keys to the Warner Bros. castle (Inception has a hands-off production budget of $160 million) in order to create a completely original and personal vision. Considering the Inception trailers we’ve seen, Nolan must be happy with the results.mIn less than 100 days, we will know whether he will continue to rise as one of the most talented filmmakers on the planet, or hit a snag in his own genius by weaving a web so intricate it cannot be understood.
Members of the Inception cast have mentioned how difficult the story was to comprehend upon first reading, but as they progressed through production it became clearer. Nolan has a way of telling tales that are rarely understood immediately, forcing the audience to actually use their brains, instead of just ingesting popcorn for two hours. Leonardo DiCaprio seems to speak for all the actors involved when describing his faithful following of Nolan into an unknown world.
“Complex and ambiguous are the perfect way to describe the story. And it’s going to be a challenge to ultimately pull it off. But that is what Chris Nolan specializes in. He has been able to convey really complex narratives that work on a multitude of different layers … and make it entertaining and engaging throughout. You look at ‘Insomnia’ or ‘Memento,’ these movies are working on so many different levels. That’s his expertise; it’s what he does best, as a matter of fact.”
The ability to bend the minds of audience members has been a trick of Nolan’s since Doodlebug, his 3-minute short film from college. With a budget allowing him to reach new heights, the director has implemented the concept of entering the secret world of a person’s mind and it looks magnificent. But bending minds can be done with just words and editing. Actually bending buildings and twisting worlds looks like a feasible reality at this point.
Nolan put his actors through the hardcore training necessary to function in a world based in reality, instead of pitting them against a massive green screen. He discussed the process of preparing actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who we’ve seen fighting in a low-gravity hallway), for the unprecedented action sequences.
“It was like some incredible torture device; we thrashed Joseph for weeks. But in the end we looked at the footage, and it looks unlike anything any of us has seen before. The rhythm of it is unique, and when you watch it, even if you know how it was done, it confuses your perceptions. It’s unsettling in a wonderful way…we want an extraordinary thing that happens in an ordinary way. That’s always been the goal.”