Interviewer: In Inception, you go into peoples' dreams and you steal ideas.
Leonardo: Mm hmm.
Interviewer: What idea do you wish you could have stolen?
Leonardo: I'm a history 7)buff, so I'd have to say I'd want to get into the mind of Alexander the Great. I'd want to figure out why he wanted to conquer the world, what was his 8)obsession, what drove him.
Interviewer: The film was written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Did you understand the script straightaway, or do you just have to kind of rely on his guidance and his foresight?
Leonardo: I think all of us needed that one-on-one Chris Nolan face-time. I tried to attempt, you know, researching this film in a traditional way and…
Interviewer: You can't Google this. (Laughing)
Leonardo: …read up on Freud and dream analysis and all this, and I realized, “You know what, I have to just sit down with this man and get into his head.”
Chris Nolan: Leo's creatively a very demanding actor. You know, when he looks at a script he needs that character to 9)adhere to the truths of the 10)characterization, the truths of the person that he's playing, and so we spent months and months meeting couple times a week for hours at a time, analyzing the script and talking through how the emotional truth of the character is guiding the 11)narrative, how…how those things are 12)reconciled. And my job, really, was to try and reconcile that input with the 13)mechanism of the story and the way that the story has to flow. But it's incredibly 14)invigorating, it's incredibly exciting to work with a creative 15)collaborator who is so disciplined and so on it and so demanding of, you know, the finished product.
Ellen Page (Act as Ariadne): Did you have any weird dreams during the making of the movie, Leo?
Leonardo: Tell you the truth, I don't remember any of them. (Wow.) I was way too tired. I was working almost every day for five months, and every bit of sleep I was in such a deep state of 16)unconsciousness that I couldn't recall anything. I do have, you know, wild dreams constantly, I…I only remember fragments of them: I barely remember what they're about.The last one I remember was being attacked by some sort of rabid animal and they were running in a circular position and I had a giant glove and I was trying to tire them out before they came around again to attack, but I was saving a group of people, and I think it was right before this press 17)junket, so I feel like it was out of deep-rooted fear. (Wow.) I'm still coping with it (Wow.)…right now.