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The most Inception info to date from the first set visit report

Apr. 12, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Geoff Boucher, you lucky bastard. Info on Chris Nolan's INCEPTION has been a closely guarded secret thus far, but now we're getting a report on the first visit to the set by the LA Times’ Boucher, who got to talk to the cast and crew of the film in England last year. He’s just released this very long article about his visit, which has a lot of info, including a few revelations about which actors are playing what exactly in the film. Here Nolan describes how he abused DiCaprio "Dream Team" partner Joseph Gordon-Levitt on set.

One of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, spent long, bruising weeks learning to fight in a corridor that spun like a giant hamster wheel.

"It was like some incredible torture device; we thrashed Joseph for weeks," Nolan said. "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."

There are a lot of great quotes and info in this piece, too many to list here, but one of my favorite sections has to be the concluding paragraph which sums up Nolan’s approach to film noir, a genre that only a few directors have a handle on these days, and far less have mastered it to the degree Nolan has.

"I always find myself gravitating to the analogy of a maze," he said. "Think of film noir and if you picture the story as a maze, you don't want to be hanging above the maze watching the characters make the wrong choices because it's frustrating. You actually want to be in the maze with them, making the turns at their side, that keeps it more exciting...I quite like to be in that maze."

Check out the rest of the article over at the LA Times

Extra Tidbit: I wish Nolan would get back together with Guy Pearce at some point as he clearly enjoys relying on old favorites to some degree.
Source: LA Times

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8:13PM on 04/12/2010
In a way I hope Nolan doesn't come back for Bats3, and just keeps making amazing movies like all his others. Although if he doesn't do bats3 then the franchise will probably be ruined.
In a way I hope Nolan doesn't come back for Bats3, and just keeps making amazing movies like all his others. Although if he doesn't do bats3 then the franchise will probably be ruined.
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5:05PM on 04/12/2010
All this talk about mazes makes me want to re-watch the shining again. No surprise there considering Kubrick is one of Nolan's biggest influences.
All this talk about mazes makes me want to re-watch the shining again. No surprise there considering Kubrick is one of Nolan's biggest influences.
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3:35PM on 04/12/2010
This looks insane. Can't wait.
This looks insane. Can't wait.
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3:01PM on 04/12/2010
Cannot wait...Nolan is my favorite director. I've seen all of his films and he never disappoints.
Cannot wait...Nolan is my favorite director. I've seen all of his films and he never disappoints.
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2:45PM on 04/12/2010

Nuff said

Maze = Riddler = Batman 3
Maze = Riddler = Batman 3
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1:53PM on 04/12/2010

Nice

Can't wait for this movie. And yes Nolan and Pearce need to do another movie together.
Can't wait for this movie. And yes Nolan and Pearce need to do another movie together.
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1:40PM on 04/12/2010

Nolan is a genius

Nolan is definitely the Kubrick of the new generation. He seems to have such an artistic brush and isn't satisfied with a film until it's out for the audience to admire. I really hope he finishes off with Batman, so he can proceed to do more original projects like Memento and Inception.
Nolan is definitely the Kubrick of the new generation. He seems to have such an artistic brush and isn't satisfied with a film until it's out for the audience to admire. I really hope he finishes off with Batman, so he can proceed to do more original projects like Memento and Inception.
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12:50PM on 04/12/2010
Just hearing that its like film noir inside a maze excites me even more!
Just hearing that its like film noir inside a maze excites me even more!
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11:51AM on 04/12/2010

Guy Pearce

Hopefully Nolan will stay on the Batman franchise as a producer when he's done with the third film, and get Guy Pearce to be Gary Oldman's replacement as Commissioner Gordon. I think he'd be great.
Hopefully Nolan will stay on the Batman franchise as a producer when he's done with the third film, and get Guy Pearce to be Gary Oldman's replacement as Commissioner Gordon. I think he'd be great.
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2:44PM on 04/12/2010
Oldman can't be replaced. He is Gordon. You're a fucking idiot.
Oldman can't be replaced. He is Gordon. You're a fucking idiot.
11:24AM on 04/12/2010

Good!!

Glad to hear more and more about this movie. I think it is going to be great and am glad to hear Nolan so dedicated to his work. Also, glad to see Levitt in this movie and maybe this movie will finally push him into the BIG PICTURE of Hollywood. This guy and Sam Rockwell deserve more roles because these two guys are actors who put out quality work but never get enough credit for their work.
Glad to hear more and more about this movie. I think it is going to be great and am glad to hear Nolan so dedicated to his work. Also, glad to see Levitt in this movie and maybe this movie will finally push him into the BIG PICTURE of Hollywood. This guy and Sam Rockwell deserve more roles because these two guys are actors who put out quality work but never get enough credit for their work.
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11:27AM on 04/12/2010
These guys get plenty of roles. Just not in big movies, which is a good thing. What fun would it be to see them play generic characters in crappy Hollywood films ?
These guys get plenty of roles. Just not in big movies, which is a good thing. What fun would it be to see them play generic characters in crappy Hollywood films ?
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