Leonardo DiCaprio Compares His Shutter Island and Inception Characters
07.15.10 by BJSprecher
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's latest cinematic efforts have not seen him playing your typical protagonists. In Shutter Island, DiCaprio played a character whose psyche was so fractured that he had a hard time telling truth from fiction. In his new movie, Inception, his character is a thief who makes his living stealing ideas from people's dreams. In a recent interview with MTV, DiCaprio talks about the similarities and differences between his recent roles in the two movies and why Inception is "beyond anything" he's ever experienced before.
I've been having a lot of fun playing protagonists that you can't trust. That's been the objective in both these films, is to say lines and not necessarily mean what I say. Each of them, I think, had some similarities in tone, but they couldn't have been executed any different.
DiCaprio went on to say that, unlike his Shutter Island character, who hid his psychological traumas in a false persona, he felt that his Inception character took on different personas as a way of "coming to terms with his past trauma," a concept he found intriguing.
It's a very rare occurrence where you can do a movie that exists on four different planes simultaneously. That was the immediate intrigue: delving into the world of the subconscious with [director] Chris Nolan. What could be more fun?"
Inception also stars Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy.