There was also Cobb’s late wife Mal (Marion Cotillard), an “extremely complicated individual” according to Nolan, who holds the key to unlocking
’s box of secrets.
Ironically, this recalls DiCaprio’s other 2010 film, the Martin Scorsese-directed
, in which Michelle Williams played his deceased spouse in flashback.
Similarly full of dreams, did DiCaprio see the two films as comparable? “There are similar themes, just in the dream-like scenario,” he admitted. “It’s four different plots happening literally simultaneously in
. Again, you don’t know where you are, whether it’s reality or dream-state for a lot of the script.”
Still, compared to Scorsese’s fever dream, Nolan’s world – one of cities, of architecture, lines and angles – was entirely different. “It’s a different set of circumstances,” said DiCaprio. “But certainly the nature of one accessing one’s own dreams to learn about where they are in reality is a similar theme.”
It begs the question: does Leo dream a lot? “No,” he smiled. “Unless I take a little nap, and then they’re really hardcore. You wake up and are like ‘Woah!’ But I usually just have months of never remembering my dreams. Ironically having done two movies about dreams, I have no idea what I dream about.”