Q: It seems to me the film’s core is the notion that thoughts can transform and even destroy you.
A: And they can perpetuate our personal suffering. And the elusiveness of all love. Sure, shooting this movie made me think more about my dreams. But what “Inception” made me think of more, especially because of books I was reading at the time, is my awake world and the elusiveness of all life. My own, individual perspective and the thoughts I’m creating for myself. Definitely a bit of an existential-crisis-esque time, but I’m in my early 20s, so … (laughs)
Q: Were there times you had trouble tracking the four levels of subconsciousness in the climax?
A: Of course. But Chris could answer pretty much any question I had. When you’re getting into multiple levels and projection – luckily, my character is the newbie who is asking all the questions like, “Whose subconscious are we going into, again? Because I’m fricking lost.” On the day (of shooting), that’s a really crazy moment and you don’t think of that having any humor in it. But watching it with an audience, that gets a lot of laughs because everyone’s like, “Thank you!”
Q: Weren’t you a little jealous you didn’t get the tumbling-hotel fight?
A: You know what? I was. I want to say it delicately because that was so much pain for Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and a lot of training. I’m sure there were days when he was not letting on just how exhausted he was and how much pain he was in because he’s such a rad dude. … But I love that stuff. I was always an athlete when I was a kid. When I got to watch Joe do some of it, I was blown away. It’s like something that’s never been in a movie before. To shoot such an insane action sequence, so practically (in-camera with no visual effects) – that’s mind-blowing.
Q: So what is behind this great passion of yours for bees?
A: They’re absurdly selfless, they supply us with at least one-third of our food – they’re pollinators – and they’re disappearing, as I think is pretty commonly known now. Without bees, we’re basically dead. It can be explained, it’s just that pesticide companies don’t want to allow it to be explained. I got to be involved with these lovely people who made this wonderful documentary, “Vanishing of the Bees”; I narrated it.
There’s this image in the film – it shows how a bee performs on a healthy flower. It’s stunningly gorgeous. Then it shows a bee on a flower that’s been sprayed and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I was so moved by this poor bee that was so confused, lost, couldn’t even grasp onto the flower. In France, farmers banded together because they knew it was a specific pesticide, and they got it banned. And here, the discussion isn’t even open.
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Ron Nyswaner will adapt Cynthia Wade’s 2007 Oscar-winning short doc “Freeheld” into a feature film starring Ellen Page. James D. Stern’s Endgame Entertainment is financing.
Stern will produce with Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher and Vie Entertainment’s Kelly Bush and Cynthia Wade. Endgame’s Doug Hansen and Adam Del Deo are exec producers.
Wade’s “Freeheld” tells the true story of New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her domestic partner Laurel Hester, a police detective who tries to secure pension benefits for her partner after she’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, only to be turned down by Republican legislators.
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MTV: This film has been shrouded in mystery for so long. Are you looking forward to everyone finally seeing it for themselves so you don’t have to be so vague about everything?
Ellen Page: I can just e-mail you the script if you want …
MTV: Awesome! Do you have a pen to take it down?
Page: Yeah, I’ll do that after the interview. No, I’m excited, but I haven’t even seen it yet. I’m really excited. I hope that doesn’t sound rude, because, like, I’m in it. Visually, this film is going to be unbelievable. But on top of that, it was just such a strong script that Chris wrote. So original. Although the concept is elaborate and complex, it’s based in so much truth and so much sincerity. The actual emotional spine of the story is so touching. I think it’s going to be a very special movie. I wish people would spend less energy trying to find out what it’s about, because an experience is always way more exciting having no idea. It must have been awesome going to movies 20 years ago and having such a limited idea of what it’s about and either loving or hating it.
I actually had a general meeting with Chris, because I’m a huge fan of his films. I didn’t know about Inception when I met him. I really liked him — such a down-to-earth guy, no ego at all, just a pleasant, enjoyable guy to talk to. I left the meeting just thinking Chris is this really rad guy. And then, maybe a week later, the idea of Inception came up and that he was thinking about me for it. Then I got to read the script in an office. I wasn’t sent a copy. The script totally blew me away. I was totally into playing the character, and he decided I was right for the part.
I’m definitely involved with the action, which was so enjoyable. You feel like you’re a little kid. There were times, especially at the beginning, where I felt incredibly out of place and slightly confused as to how I got cast. It was such a boys club. It was the most action I’ve ever been involved in. Chris is doing things we’ve never seen before.
I would, in a millisecond, work with Chris again. I found that an incredibly fulfilling experience. Despite the massiveness of this production, when you’re working with Chris, it’s an intimate experience. He’s a filmmaker because he loves film and he loves making films. And there’s no ego attached to what he does. When you feel that sincerity and passion, it’s an amazing atmosphere. Despite how visually incredible and massive this film is—similar to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight—there’s so much honesty that makes them better than those broad summer movies that come out.
Inception opens July 16!