Screentime Check: Clocking Michael Caine, Lukas Haas and the Rest of Inception's Bit Players
If you saw Inception this weekend -- and judging from the receipts, you probably did -- then you might have awoken this morning wondering what you actually saw. As in: Was that really Michael Caine, or did you blink and miss him? Click ahead as Movieline helps you answer that questions and more -- but be warned: Spoilers abound.
· Dileep Rao as the chemist
The very chatty Rao -- who is now Hollywood's go-to science nerd in blockbuster science-fiction; see also: Avatar -- has all sorts of theories on the ending of Inception, probably because he had so much time to think about it when slowly driving that van off the bridge. Is that thing still falling?
Approximate screen time: 15 minutes.
· Tom Berenger as the trusted associate
Give Christopher Nolan credit for being Tarantino-like in his casting resurrections. Berenger fills the Eric Roberts-in-The Dark Knight spot in Inception as Cillian Murphy's trusted godfather-cum-business adviser. However, if you didn't know it was Tom Berenger, you might have not even realized it was him underneath all that gray hair.
Approximate screen time: 13 minutes.
· Lukas Haas as the Judas
If you were wondering why the trailer for Inception showed Lukas Haas getting dragged away from a helicopter for the past few months, the movie answers your question within the first 15 minutes: He sells Leonardo DiCaprio's Dom Cobb out. Though before that even happens you kinda figure it will: Haas's original "architect" spends his entire length of screen time sweating and looking like a modern-day Peter Lorre.
Approximate screen time: 11 minutes.
· Pete Postlethwaite as the deathbed father
Hey, Academy Award nominee Pete Postlehwaite, what are you doing in Inception? Oh that's right: Just lying in bed waiting to die as Cillian Murphy's mogul father. No joke: It feels like Postlehwaite says more actual words in the trailer for The Town than he does in Inception. To quote his character: Disappointed.
Approximate screen time: 5 minutes.
· Michael Caine as the shady father-in-law
If you are lucky enough to cast Michael Caine in your movie -- as Nolan has done four times in the last decade -- you have to give the man something to do. Not only is he an icon, but he's Michael F'n Caine, one of the truly great actors currently working. So that his entire role in Inception can basically be seen in the trailer for the film was surprising -- and not in a good way. Maybe he'll do more in the sequel...
Approximate screen time: 3 minutes.