Hans Zimmer Q&A: ‘Interstellar’ composer
After working with him on four films (the "Batman" trilogy, "Inception") Hans Zimmer says he had such faith in director Christopher Nolan that he agree to compose the score for "Interstellar" sight unseen. He recounted their initial conversation about the project during our recent webcam chat “
He said, ‘Look, I’m not going to tell you what the movie is about, but if I gave you one page about it, would you write me something? He presented me with a beautifully typewritten page that really told nothing about the movie other than it was the story of a father and his child. He was pressing all the buttons that he knew about me. I am a father. It was very much about my relationship to my children. So I wrote this very intimate, very personal musical love letter to my children.” The composer then invited the director to his home and played him the piece. “I said, ‘what do you think?’ And he said, ‘I think I’d better make the movie.’ And I said, ‘what is the movie?”
Nolan then told his longtime collaborator the story of the film: a man (Matthew McConaughey) must travel through space and time in order to save the human race, thus missing the majority of his daughter’s life. For Zimmer, “the more epic we became, the more we held on to this idea that things have to be personal, and that things have to be human. The further our astronauts travel away from Earth, the more we wanted to in a way remind people of what it’s like to be human.”
"Inception" (2010) earned Zimmer the most recent of his nine Oscar nominations. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for “The Lion King” back in 1994. His other bids were: “Rain Man” (1988), “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996), “As Good as It Gets” (1997), “The Thin Red Line” (1998), “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), “Gladiator” (2000) and “Sherlock Holmes” (2009).