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Leonardo DiCaprio still puzzled by the Inception ending: “I have no idea”

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Inception reached cinemas 10 years ago, yet the ending continues to baffle viewers. Well, not just any old viewer, but also Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar-winning actor who plays the professional thief Dom Cobb in the movie. 

Speaking to Marc Maron on the comedian's WTF podcast (opens in new tab), DiCaprio made the admission while discussing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (opens in new tab) co-star Brad Pitt’s inability to explain the ending of Ad Astra (opens in new tab), saying of the Inception ending, “I have no idea [what happened].”

“You’re just focused on your character, man,” DiCaprio added, via EW (opens in new tab). The actor explained that, while he usually tries to involve himself with the story, “When it came to [writer-director] Chris Nolan and his mind and how that was all pieced together, everyone was trying to constantly put that puzzle together.”

Asked whether the Inception ending meant his character was actually home or still in a dream world, DiCaprio said: “It depends on the eye of the beholder, I guess.”

Last year, Michael Caine, who played DiCaprio's character's father in the movie, gave an answer approved by Nolan himself (opens in new tab): "When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to [Nolan], 'I don't understand where the dream is.' I said, 'When is it the dream and when is it reality?' He said, 'Well, when you're in the scene it's reality.' So, get that – if I'm in it, it's reality. If I'm not in it, it's a dream."

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Jack Shepherd
Jack Shepherd

I'm the Senior Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, bringing you all the latest movie and TV news, reviews, and features. Plus I look after the Total Film and SFX sections and socials media channels. I used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film