Video:Dileep Rao and Talulah Riley Inception Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Dileep Rao plays one of the members of the team who invades dreams in Warner Bros Pictures' 'Inception.' On the black carpet at the film's LA premiere, Rao and cast member Talulah Riley chatted about working on the trippy drama.See Transcript
Transcript:Dileep Rao and Talulah Riley Inception InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the Los Angeles Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Inception.
Dileep Rao - 'Yusuf' in InceptionYou have a huge role in this movie.
Dileep Rao: "Well I wouldn't say... Yeah, I have a nice sized role in it. I don't want to be a braggart about that kind of thing."
I've seen it and you have a huge role.
Dileep Rao: "I'll agree with you then."
Christopher Nolan, is that the reason why you signed up for this?
Dileep Rao: "Yeah, when a guy like that says, 'Do you want to be in my picture?,' automatic yes. Automatic yes. I was real excited to be in it, honored to be in it. It's a tremendous, tremendous picture and he executes at the very highest level."
So what is it with you and these special effects films that you're gravitating toward? Avatar, this...
Dileep Rao: "I don't know what it is but keep them coming. It's better to be lucky than good maybe, and maybe sometimes to be both. But, yeah, I feel very blessed."
I've got to know, when you first read the script did you understand it?
Dileep Rao: "I did, but I didn't totally understand how it would look. Like, I didn't know how emotional it would be. I didn't know well they'd pull it off. And when I saw the first print, I was like, 'Duh, this guy made The Dark Knight, this guy made Memento, of course it's going to be amazing.' The team is so amazing, Wally [Pfister the cinematographer]. The crew was so strong. It is like being on an all-star team. You have your little job, you do it, but you're part of a very big team."
And what Christopher does is he hires the same actors over and over again, so does this mean you're part of his crew now?
Dileep Rao: "From your mouth to God's ears. From your mouth to Chris' ears."
Maybe a part in a Batman movie, right?
Dileep Rao: "Whatever Chris wants me to do, I would be more than happy to do it. He's a great boss to have."
The stunts in this, what was that like?
Dileep Rao: "It was really physical."
Were you actually doing those?
Dileep Rao: "Some of it, yeah. I did a lot of it actually. But obviously great credit to my stunt people too because they did the really dangerous stuff. I did the semi-dangerous stuff. You know, it's the kind of acting I've never done before, like being underwater and firing weapons and things like that, but I feel more and more confident being that Chris' hands are the best hands to be in. He makes it totally achievable, you know?"
This is a special effects laden film, but it doesn't lose the character.
Dileep Rao: "Well I think you're dealing with, just like Jim Cameron, you're dealing with someone who understands character and the pacing of a picture and what is important to develop out of that. The technology has to serve story, you know? You're in great hands when you're in Chris' hands."
I still don't get it entirely. I walked out thinking I need to see that one more time.
Dileep Rao: "I think that's what's kind of interesting is it does reward repeat viewing. And I don't want to give away anything about that, because there's a joy in just having experienced it again and again."
Talulah RileySo when you get a script and it's Christopher Nolan, you immediately jump?
Talulah Riley: "Absolutely."
It doesn't matter what it's about?
Talulah Riley: "Right. Well, I didn't read the script."
Talulah Riley: "Ever. I've never read the script, I've never seen the film."
Do you have any idea what it's about?
Talulah Riley: "Not a clue."
That is the best way to go into this.
Talulah Riley: "I'm really excited to see it."
So tell me about your time on the set.
Talulah Riley: "It was really fun. I did it in England and a little bit in LA, and with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe. It was really awesome."
Is this the type of movie you normally go see?
Talulah Riley: "Yeah, absolutely. I've seen the trailers - it looks pretty great."
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