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Jaden Smith thought he’d cracked it, but Michael Caine has known the meaning of Inception‘s ending all along, the Independent reports. Christopher Nolan sent audience minds spinning back when the movie came out in 2010, with viewers desperately trying to figure out the film’s cryptic AF ending. The answer, it turns out, is annoyingly simple.

To refresh your mind a little (spoiler alert), the scene in question sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Dom Cobb reunited with his children and father-in-law, played by Caine. As Dom walks away from a still-spinning top — a totem that will spin indefinitely in a dream — the film cuts and we’re left to wonder if Dom is indeed back in reality or still dreaming.

Introducing the film at a Film4 Summer Screen showing in London on August 10, Caine finally cleared up the mystery. “When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to [Nolan], ‘I don’t understand where the dream is,’” Caine told the crowd. “I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’ He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene, it’s reality.’ So get that — if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.”

If Caine isn’t trolling us, that means the ending is real and not a red herring. That spinning top should in theory have toppled shortly after last shot cut and the credits rolled. You can remind yourself of the scene in the clip below.

Are you thankful to finally have the answer? What was your theory? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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