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'Inception' Star Leonardo DiCaprio Initially Found Script 'Incredibly Confusing'

Inception
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Star and crew discuss the challenges of making of Christopher Nolan's award-contending film in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

The making of Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' presented an immense technical challenge for the cast and crew -- even starting with comprehending Nolan's complex dream-caper script.

Star Leo DiCaprio tells this week's Hollywood Reporter that even he needed time to figure out the many layers of the story.

“I needed to know implicitly where we were," he says. "It got incredibly confusing at certain points in the beginning, but the more we talked, the more I understood.”

DiCaprio, who played the lead role of Dominic Cobb, spent weeks combing through the script with Nolan.

"The work (DiCaprio) did on his character with Chris made the movie less of a puzzle and more of a story of a character audiences could relate to," says Nolan's wife and producing partner, Emma Thomas.

Other technical people on the film had their own puzzles to figure out when they had the first view of the top-secret script. Each were locked in a room on the Warners lot where the script was sealed for their first view.

Visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin recalls the note in the script which called for the entire city of Paris collapsing and folding up.

The note on the script for that scene simply said: “The city begins to fold in half.”

“Working with Chris is absolutely great, but he’s very challenging, too,” Franklin says.

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