Sept. 17, 1973
|Behind the Scenes|
|“||Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamned beach?||”|
Robert Michael Fischer is the target of the job offered to Cobb and his team by Saito. His father, Maurice Fischer, is on his death bed, leaving Robert as the heir to his multi-billion dollar empire. Despite his vast wealth, Robert is riddled with all sorts of insecurities, as one might expect of someone who has lived his entire life in the shadow of a hugely powerful individual. Key among those insecurities is the fear of not living up to his father's standards, an insecurity which allows Dom the opportunity for Inception. Fischer is portrayed by actor Cillian Murphy.
According to the passport, Fischer is an Australian heir to Maurice Fischer. His relationship with his father has always been strained and it became particularly bad following his mother's death when he was eleven years old. As Fischer explains, all his father said to him after his mother's passing was, "Robert, there's really nothing to be said." Their relationship hasn't improved over the years and, indeed, the only fond memory Fischer has of his father is captured in a photograph of the pair happily playing with a homemade pinwheel. Fischer is obviously very attached to the image as he makes a point of placing it beside his father's death bed, though the ailing man does not acknowledge it. Their relationship was so bad that Maurice Fischer called his son to his death bed only to utter the word "disappointed".
Fischer is rich, and he knows it. He reacts surprisingly calmly during his capture on the first level of dreaming, which may imply a level of self-control. It is apparent from the beginning that his sole desire is to make his father proud of him, but this has slowly developed into a closeted hatred for his father.
Fischer seems to be much less physically imposing compared to most of the team members. His ability to defend himself is never shown, and much of the film features the team struggling to protect him. His only ability that presents usefulness to the team is his ability to open the safe and complete the mission.
Fischer has one ability that causes the team a great deal of trouble: he has been trained in techniques to protect his mind from extractors. His projections are therefore very dangerous and aggressive.
- He was also known as The Mark in some promotional material.
- He was born in Sydney, Australia.