Hans has sometimes been accused (not within earshot) of taking the long way round, but what I’ve seen over the last eight years is that you have to take the long way round to find the new sound, the new approach. I have never worked with someone so dedicated to the idea that the real risk is in playing it safe. Hans taught me that you have to pull aggressively in the wrong direction to discover the possibilities- and that without discovering the possibilities you can never do anything exceptional.
Christopher Nolan, talking about Hans Zimmer, collaboration, and not playing it safe. I saw the movie last night and thought it was fantastic. And I can't imagine it without the soundtrack.