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Christopher Nolan on Inception: “The film is about architects, builders, people who would have the mental capacity to construct large-scale worlds—the world of the dream. Everything is about how they would create, whether it’s blocks or sand castles or a dream. […] The important thing in Inception is the mental process. What the dream-share technology enables them to do is remove physicality from that process. It’s about pure creation. That’s why it’s a film about architects rather than soldiers.”
“Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren’t many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.” - Christopher Nolan
“If [Tom] were here, I think what he would be talking about is when I called him up and I basically said to him ‘look, I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news,’” Nolan began. “The good news is I have a terrific part for you, the bad news is your face is gonna be completely covered for the whole film, so you’re gonna have to get across whatever it is you wanna get across through this character through just your eyes and your voice.
“And what Tom did, which I completely love but it takes audiences time to get used to,” he continued, “is there’s an incredible disjunct between what he’s doing with his voice and what he’s doing with his eyes. His eyes have this extremely threating stillness to them. His voice is this extremely expressive and different voice. And i’ve never really seen anything like it. The first time I ever saw him perform a scene with Christian [Bale], I was shocked by it. I mean I really was like, ‘ok, I’ve just never seen this.’”