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#hmvDecades: 10 Things You Didn't Know About... Inception
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#hmvDecades: 10 Things You Didn't Know About... Inception

After making over a billion dollars at the box office with The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan could have pretty much done asked to do anything and Warner Brothers would have let him do it. But, even then, his next project took some explaining. A heist thriller where a crack team infiltrate the mind and dreams of the troubled heir to a huge business empire, Inception is a groundbreaking movie. A glossy blockbuster with a massive budget, but the creativity and big ideas of a niche indie flick.

Released back in 2010, it stormed the box office with over $800 million in receipts and picked up four Oscars. Now on offer as part of hmv’s Decades, we thought we’d revisit and present 10 things you didn’t know about Inception

 

It took a long time for Christopher Nolan to get his script right…

10 years in fact. He began writing in 2000 and it finally hit our screens in 2010. He did reinvent the superhero movie completely with The Dark Knight trilogy in that time too, so it wasn’t completely wasted…

 

The names of the main characters spell out the film’s key plot details…

Take the first letters of the names of six of Inception’s main characters, Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito, and you get D R E A M S. Then add the other key players Peter, Ariadne and Yusuf and you get D R E A M S P A Y. Coincidence? Not likely….

 

And the number 528491 comes up a lot…

In a film filled with Easter eggs, this one is a doozey. The number 528491 is in constant use. The two hotel rooms are rooms 528 and 491, one right above the other. Then the number that Tom Hardy’s character Eames gives to Cillian Murphy’s Fischer is 528-491. As well as this the combination to the strong room starts with 52 and the combination to the safe is 528-491.

 

Brad Pitt and Will Smith were both considered for the starring role…

Nolan has said repeatedly that he had Leonardo DiCaprio in mind for the leading role of Harry Cobb from the start, but that didn’t stop Warner Brothers from making other suggestions. Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Film Group, admitted that both Brad Pitt and Will Smith were suggested to Nolan for the leading role, but he held out for DiCaprio.

 

Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood almost had key roles…

The Titanic star was offered the role of Mal, but turned it down, leaving Marion Cotillard to step it. Nolan also wanted Evan Rachel Wood to play Ariadne, but after she said no, he considered casting Emily Blunt, Rachel McAdams, Emma Roberts, Jessy Schram, Taylor Swift and Carey Mulligan. Eventually the role went to Ellen Page.

 

It was a globe-trotting shoot…

Making Inception meant a lot of travelling for Nolan and his cast and crew. They shot in six countries and 32 locations, taking in France, England, the US, Japan, Canada and Morocco during production.

 

Johnny Marr helped score the movie…

As with almost all of Christopher Nolan’s movies, Hans Zimmer provided the score, but he called on The Smiths’ axeman to provide some guitars, guitars he wanted to sound like Ennio Morricone. The film’s moody score bagged an Oscar nod, but ultimately lost out to Trent Reznor’s score for The Social Network.

 

The set was spinning…literally…

To bring to life the elaborate dream sequences where the room begins to spin, under Nolan’s supervision a huge spinning set was built. It took months to make, and, as you can see below, it looks pretty darn impressive…

 

The film’s running time is inspired by Edith Piaf…

In the movie, Cobb and his gang use Edith Piaf’s classic ‘Non, Je ne regretted rien’ to wake up, a track that has an original running time of two minutes and 28 seconds. Inception’s running time? Two hours, 28 minutes…

 

The working title owed a lot to another DC property…

Before it got christened Inception, the film had the working title of Oliver’s Arrow. Given Nolan had worked his magic on DC’s most famous superhero before, this got fans all excited that he might be working on an Arrow movie. Sadly not.

 

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