Totem (n.): An elegant solution to keeping track of reality.
#god if inception had been a book we would’ve gotten all the backstory on all of these characters and not just random robert fischer and mal/cobb stuff #why did ariadne become an architect #why did she stay #tell me about the relationship between michael caine’s character and ariadne#tell me all the arthur/eames backstory and the eames/yusuf backstory #why are arthur and eames’ totems both gambling-related #tell me how saito came to power and why he seems to have so much of it #TELL ME EVERYTHING
"You know, I gotta say when I first started working on Inception, some of the drawings they showed me of their ideas for that character was, uh, sort of schlubby, sort of like, well, he’s the tech guy, he runs the machines, you know, so maybe he should be wearing some sneakers and a plaid shirt et cetera and I was like ‘No, no, no.’
This guy is in charge of making sure everything goes right. The Cobb character that Leonardo DiCaprio played, he’s like the artist and this guy’s like the producer. So, uh, I thought of my friend Jared, who is a theatre producer by day and he’s a very spiffy dresser.
And I was like, ‘No, I want tailored suits and I want to slick back my hair, I want this guy to seem like he’s meticulous, like he pays very close attention to detail.’”
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt (x)
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.