Hans Zimmer Breaks Down His Legendary Career, From 'Rain Man' to 'Inception'
In this video from Vanity Fair, legendary film composer Hans Zimmer reflects on his momentous career. All told, Zimmer has composed music for over 100 movies, including ‘Rain Man,’ ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Interstellar,’ and ‘Blue Planet II.’
It was his work on 1988’s ‘Rain Man’ that served as a turning point in his career, in which the composer mostly used synthesizers mixed with steel drums to create the unique music. Zimmer explained that "It was a road movie, and road movies usually have jangly guitars or a bunch of strings. I kept thinking don't be bigger than the characters. Try to keep it contained. The Raymond character doesn't actually know where he is. The world is so different to him. He might as well be on Mars. So, why don't we just invent our own world music for a world that doesn't really exist?"
Zimmer's score for' ‘Rain Man’ was nominated for an Academy Award in 1989 and the composer has since been nominated nine more times, winning once for the 1994 film ‘The Lion King’.