- Title: USA: Leonardo DiCaprio and co-stars attend Los Angeles premiere of "Inception"
- Date: 14th July 2010
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 13, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS AND SIGNAGE FOR RED CARPET PREMIERE OF "INCEPTION" AT GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATER IN HOLLYWOOD CAST OF INCEPTION POSING FOR GROUP PHOTO PAN FROM RIGHT TO LEFT OF CAST WITH TOM BERENGER, CILLIAN MURPHY, JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, MARION COTILLARD, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ELLEN PAGE, KEN WATANABE, TOM HARDY, LUCAS HAAS, AND DILEEP RAO CLOSE-UP TWO SHOT OF DICAPRIO AND COTILLARD
- Embargoed: 29th July 2010 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
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- Story Text: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio joined his co-stars Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and director Christopher Nolan for the red carpet premiere of science fiction flick "Inception" on Tuesday (July 13).
The mind-bending film has been building a positive buzz among film critics, and could prove to be a heavyweight at the box office when it arrives in theaters later this week.
The movie sees DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief who - with the help of a team of dream weavers - steals valuable secrets from deep within people's subconscious while they are unconscious.
Speaking to reporters at the premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, DiCaprio revealed his happiness at the film's secretive publicity campaign.
"I like that this film is clouded in a little bit of mystery, I like that there's questions about it, and I also feel it's a thinking person's film, and people have their own, extract their own sort of logic from it and have their own interpretation of it, and those are the types of films that I'd love to be a part of more often," says DiCaprio.
"Inception" boasts an impressive ensemble cast of actors who are becoming Nolan regulars - Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, and Cillian Murphy - as well as first time collaborators Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy.
Producing the adventure was no small task. Nolan filmed in 6 different countries around the world and built complicated moving sets in favour of relying too heavily on computer generated effects. But for all the visual effects, director Nolan has stayed true to the basic rules of filmmaking, according to Ellen Page.
"Yeah, I think he doesn't patronize audiences, I think it's an illusion that audiences can't handle more complex films, and it's kind of insulting, and I know when I'm being spoon-fed in a movie, you've lost me, and Chris Nolan, yes, he makes an incredible action movie with unbelievable visual spectacles, but ultimately, his stories are so sincere and honest, and I know that's why I adore them," says Page.
"We had lots of discussions about the intricacies of this plot, how we really combined so many different story structures together, and he was very specific about saying 'I don't want to underestimate the audience, I want to challenge them'," says DiCaprio, "So this is a grand culmination of eight years of thought for him, and I think he pulled it off with flying colors, I really do."
For Nolan, who previously directed "The Dark Knight," as well as psychological thrillers "Memento" and "Insomnia," selecting the cast of "Inception" was nearly half the battle in making the film work.
"As a writer/director, you've got the script, you've got your idea of what it's going to be, but then you've got all these great talented people coming in and making it much more than you could have imagined,"
Nolan is currently working on the third installment in his re-imagining of the Batman franchise.
"Inception" is already being hailed by critics as one of the most original big budget films to hit the big screen in recent years. It's also one of the more complex, with characters literally finding themselves stuck in a dream within a dream... within a dream.
"It's a real pleasure to read something that you don't know exactly what's going to happen next, and so many scripts, especially big action movies, are really formulaic and predictable, and Chris Nolan's a master storyteller," says actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
"I'd say it's unlike anything you've seen before, it's one of the few original movies around today, and it will challenge you, but ultimately reward you," adds actor Cillian Murphy.
"Inception" hits cinemas in the UK and North America on July 16 before a wider global release.
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