In fifteen days Inception arrives, redeeming this shitty summer at the movies. For the next two weeks I’ll be running sporadic feature articles counting down to this occasion; some will be directly related to Inception while some will be conceptually related. I’ll try to remain as spoiler-free as possible. And I’m not trying to make the two week wait unbearable… but that could be one side effect of this series.
Levitt didn’t play down the physical discomfort that went with filming the fight. “It was just about the most fun I’ve ever had on a movie set; it was also, probably, the most pain I’ve ever been in on a movie set, physically. But you know, pain in a good way, like in the way I guess athletes must get when they have to put on their pads and they tape up their ankles and they get a little beat up throughout the day. That’s just part of slamming yourself into walls and jumping around all day.”
The technique used to spin the world around Levitt is an old one, most famously used almost 50 years ago in Royal Wedding, where Fred Astaire dances up walls and across a ceiling. Kubrick used it for 2001‘s zero gravity moments, and Lionel Ritchie appropriated it for his Dancing on the Ceiling video. “Inception does contain a similar technique, and it’s sort of how Sesame Street and Star Wars both use Jim Henson puppetry,” Levitt said. “It’s a similar technique, but to very different effect.”