Hans Zimmer Did 'Unspeakable Things' to a Train in Creating 'The Lone Ranger' Score
The latest summer tentpole to feature a Hans Zimmer score is Disney's upcoming The Lone Ranger.
And while the famed composer relied on a dozen drums to help him create the Man of Steel score, for this movie, he used a less conventional, more authentic instrument: a train.
Locomotives are featured prominently in the movie, and Zimmer used an old train on the property of his neighbor, X-Files creator Chris Carter, to create a programmable drum kit that he used for the score's rhythm and bass line.
"I said, 'Chris, do you mind if I come over with a tape recorder and a sledgehammer, and we do some unspeakable things to your train?' " Zimmer tells LA Weekly.
"I don't care what my instruments are. I like when they bleed into what you see on the screen. Trains have great rhythms and grooves, and all I wanted to do was order the chaos a bit so that, maybe a little like Mussolini, 'the trains would arrive on time.' "
Zimmer replaced musician Jack White as The Lone Ranger's composer after the latter had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
He previously worked with the film's director, Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp on the Pirates of the Caribbean films and Rango.
The Lone Ranger hits theaters on July 3.