Hans Zimmer on 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting: 'We're All Devastated'

'I just feel so incredibly sad for these people,' says composer

July 20, 2012 1:40 PM ET
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Hans Zimmer, the Oscar-winning composer who created the score for The Dark Knight Rises, was scheduled to speak with Rolling Stone on Friday about his soundtrack for the latest installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy. After last night's shooting that claimed 12 lives during a midnight showing of the film in Colorado, however, Zimmer also offered his reaction to the tragedy. 

"We're all devastated by what's happened. When we set up this interview, we didn't know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris [Nolan] ... but I didn't have the words," said Zimmer. "Suddenly, words become meaningless because it's so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word."

Asked when he first learned of the tragedy, Zimmer said he was too shaken up by the news to recall exactly. "God, I don't know. I'm over in London right now – and I'm completely confused about time," he explained. "It's just sad. Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we'd finished it and then this happened. I just feel so incredibly sad for these people."

Warner Bros., the movie studio behind Dark Knight Rises, cancelled Friday's premiere of the film in Paris, where Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were scheduled to appear. In a statement, the studio said, "Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

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