Great Mambo Chicken wrote:
What happened to Cobb's totem? Did we see it? All we see is what he says is Mal's totem, and he appears to treat it as though it's his own.
We never do find out what Cobb's original totem was. Some people have speculated it's his wedding ring but that doesn't work since it only shows up in the dream world and appears not to be with Cobb in reality.
Rule wise it seems okay for him to use Mal's totem. The only guideline appears to be no one else alive should know it well enough to duplicate it in the dream world. Plus you get the added bonus of it adding a ton of subtext.
Is it significant that Nolan cast the same actress (Marion Cotillard) who played Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose" as Mal -- given that the theme music to "Inception" is based on "Je ne regrette rien" played at 1/10 speed and the song is used to send signals between levels?
It's apparently just a coincidence. Nolan wanted to dump Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
after Cotillard was cast but Hans Zimmer talked him out of it.