20 Things You Didn't Know About Inception

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Inception turns 10 years old this year. After nearly a decade, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece continues to turn heads.

Inception was Christopher Nolan's passion project for years, first pitching it to Warner Bros. after Insomnia. It took him several years to write the script, and it was only after the incredible success of The Dark Knight that he finally got to bring his vision to celluloid.

With an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and over $800 million in box office receipts, Nolan's brainchild was an incredible success, something all too rare for films based on original ideas these days.

Given the confusing nature of the narrative, chances are you've watched the film several times in order to grasp even a slight understanding of it, but there are some things you may not be aware of.

From the significance of the characters' names to subtle details you may have missed, there's plenty of trivia you probably don't know about this modern classic.

20. The Team Is Based On A Film Crew

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Inception may be a sci-fi heist film on the surface, but it's also, in a sense, about filmmaking. The role that each character plays resembles those involved in a film's production. Christopher Nolan admitted so in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the director, who controls how the story plays out in the dreams, much like how the director calls the shots on a film set.

Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the producer, who manages and researches the missions. He provides the resources necessary to carry out the mission, or make the movie.

Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) is the studio executive, the man who hires Cobb and Arthur for the mission (or movie) in the first place, and he's heavily involved to make sure it goes the way he planned (studio interference).

Ariadne (Ellen Page) is the production designer, who designs the dreams, or the sets.

Eames (Tom Hardy) is the actor. He plays the part of Peter (Tom Berenger) in the first level of Fischer's dream in order to get info about the safe.

Finally, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) is the audience. He's merely a spectator to the dreams that Cobb and co. create around him, until he gets involved anyway.

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