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Michael Caine Reveals the Meaning Behind "Inception" Ending



    The ending of "Inception" was consciously and infuriatingly ambiguous: did the top fall or keep spinning? Was the ending a dream or was it a final happy conclusion for Leonardo DiCaprio's tortured character?

    If you were one of the millions who screamed at the movie screen at the end of the movie, this question has haunted you for months.

    Leave it to the always capable Alfred, Sir Michael Caine, to put an end to this nonsense once and for all. Caine had the movie watching world in a tizzy after his interview with BBC Radio  hit the airwaves.

    While director Christopher Nolan and stars of "Inception" have spanned the range from dodging the ending question (DiCaprio) to declining to give an opinion (Cillian Murphy), Caine, who played DiCaprio's mentor and father-in-law in the film, chimed in with this take on the spinning top.

    “[The spinning top] drops at the end, that’s when I come back on,” Caine explained. The toy falling thus denotes that DiCaprio's character is awake and finally reunited with his children.

    “If I’m there it’s real, because I’m never in the dream. I’m the guy who invented the dream.”

    So it's a happy ending. Um, right? Or did we just dream this?

    To be continued, no doubt.