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It is unusual to note actor-composer relationships, but with the announcement of the upcoming movie from Sandra Nettelbeck (Mostly Martha) being her first to be scored by Hans, the lead actor in Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, Michael Caine has notched up an amazing 7 movies to be scored by Hans.

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His Batman contemporaries Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are not far behind, and Morgan holds the distinction of being one of the earliest actors to be scored by Hans.

This is not an uncommon trend, and the following list indicates an interesting pattern, beginning in descending order:

Michael Caine (7) – Interstellar, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Weather Man.

Gary Oldman (6) – The Dark Knight Rises, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, Hannibal, True Romance

Morgan Freeman (5) – The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Power of One, Driving Miss Daisy

Johnny Depp (5) – The Lone Ranger, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

William Fichtner (4) – The Lone Ranger, The Dark Knight, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

Brad Pitt (4) – Twelve Years a Slave, Megamind, True Romance, Thelma & Louise

Ben Stiller (4) – Megamind, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Conrad Vernon (4) – Kung Fu Panda 2Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Jack Nicholson (4) – How Do You Know, Something’s Gotta Give, The Pledge, As Good As It Gets

Jack Black (4) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda, The Holiday, Shark Tale

Stellan Skarsgard (4) – Angels & Demons, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, King Arthur

Tom Cruise (4) – The Last Samurai, M:i-2, Days of Thunder, Rain Man

Armin Mueller-Stahl (4) – Angels & Demons, The Peacemaker, The House of the Spirits, The Power of One

Tom Hanks (4) – Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Radio Flyer, A League of Their Own

Tom Sizemore (4) – Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, True Romance, Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

Tom Wilkinson (3) – The Lone Ranger, Batman Begins, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Christian Bale (3) – The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

Tom Hardy (3) – The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

Ken Watanabe (3) – Inception, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai

Russell Crowe (3) – Winter’s Tale, Man of Steel, Gladiator

Chris Rock (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

David Schwimmer (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Jada Pinkett Smith (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Sacha Baron Cohen (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Cedric the Entertainer (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Andy Richter (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Chris Miller (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Christopher Knights (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Tom McGrath (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Eric Darnell (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedMadagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Frances McDormand (3) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Something’s Gotta Give, Beyond Rangoon

Angelina Jolie (3) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda, Shark Tale

Dustin Hoffman (3) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda, Rain Man

Jude Law (3) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday

Alec Baldwin (3) – It’s Complicated, Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, Pearl Harbor

Keira Knightley (3) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, King Arthur

Orlando Bloom (3) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Black Hawk Down

Geoffrey Rush (3) – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

David Cross (3) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda, Megamind

Nicholas Cage (3) – The Weather Man, Matchstick Men, The Rock

Robert De Niro (3) – Shark Tale, The Fan, Backdraft

Billy Connolly (3) – The Last Samurai, An Everlasting Piece, Muppet Treasure Island

Vanessa Redgrave (3) – The Pledge, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The House of the Spirits

Cuba Gooding Jr. (3) – Pearl Harbor, Chill Factor, As Good As It Gets

Gabriel Byrne (3) – Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Point of No Return (The Assassin), Diamond Skulls

John Spencer (3) – The Rock, Green Card, Black Rain

Matt Craven (3) – The Pacific, Crimson Tide, K2

Stephen Tobolowsky (3) – Calendar Girl, Bird on a Wire, Thelma & Louise

Jane Alexander (2) – Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, The Ring

Michael Shannon (2) – Man of Steel, Pearl Harbor

Ayelet Zurer (2) – Man of Steel, Angels & Demons

Ewan McGregor (2) – Angels & Demons, Black Hawk Down

Robert Downey Jr. (2) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes

Rachel McAdams (2) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes

Eddie Marsan (2) – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes

Jackie Chan (2) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda

Seth Rogan (2) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda

Lucy Liu (2) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda

James Hong (2) – Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda

Steve Martin (2) – It’s Complicated, The Prince of Egypt

Meryl Streep (2) – It’s Complicated, The House of the Spirits

Martin Short (2) – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, The Prince of Egypt

John Krasinki (2) – It’s Complicated, The Holiday

Jessica Chastain (2) – Interstellar, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Anne Hathaway (2) – Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises

Nestor Carbonell (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight

Liam Neeson (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

Cillian Murphy (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, Inception

Marion Cottilard (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, Inception

Matthew Modine (2) – The Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Heights

Jennifer Connelly (2) – Winter’s Tale, The Dilemma

Will Smith (2) – Winter’s Tale, Shark Tale

Elisa Gabrielli (2) – Madagascar 2: Escape to AfricaMadagascar

Stephen Apostolina (2) – Madagascar, Shark Tale

Maggie Gyllenhaal (2) – The Dark Knight, Riding in Cars with Boys

Aaron Eckhart (2) – The Dark Knight, The Pledge

Ian McShane (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda

Alfred Molina (2) – Rango, The Da Vinci Code

Ray Winstone (2) – Rango, King Arthur

Harry Dean Stanton (2) – Rango, The Pledge

Joseph Mazzello (2) – The Pacific, Radio Flyer

Jack Davenport (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Jonathan Pryce (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Tom Hollander (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Naomie Harris (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Marcel Iures (2) – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Peacemaker

Winona Ryder (2) – The Dilemma, The House of the Spirits

Kenneth Branagh (2) – The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio), The Road to El Dorado

Sam Rockwell (2) – Frost/Nixon, Matchstick Men

Rachel Ticotin (2) – The Burning Plain, Something’s Gotta Give

Yeardley Smith (2) – The Simpsons Movie, As Good As It Gets

Julie Kavner (2) – The Simpsons Movie, I’ll Do Anything

Ian McKellen (2) – The Da Vinci Code, I’ll Do Anything

Rade Serbedzija (2) – Batman Begins, M:i-2

Tea Leoni (2) – Spanglish, A League of Their Own

Vincent Pastore (2) – Shark Tale, Riding in Cars with Boys

Jenifer Lewis (2) – Shark Tale, The Preacher’s Wife

Ioan Gruffordd (2) – King Arthur, Black Hawk Down

Hugh Dancy (2) – King Arthur, Black Hawk Down

Josh Hartnett (2) – Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

Ewen Bremner (2) – Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

Kim Coates (2) – Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

Steve Zahn (2) – Riding in Cars with Boys, Crimson Tide

Lorraine Bracco (2) – Riding in Cars with Boys, Radio Flyer

Rosie Perez (2) – Riding in Cars with Boys, The Road to El Dorado

Anthony Hopkins (2) – Hannibal, M:i-2

Julianne Moore (2) – Hannibal, Nine Months

Helen Mirren (2) – The Pledge, The Prince of Egypt

Benecio Del Toro (2) – The Pledge, The Fan

Robin Wright (2) – The Pledge, Toys

Mako (2) – Pearl Harbor, Pacific Heights

Dan Ackroyd (2) – Pearl Harbor, Driving Miss Daisy

Richard Harris (2) – Gladiator, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Skeet Ulrich (2) – Chill Factor, As Good As It Gets

Nick Nolte (2) – The Thin Red Line, I’ll Do Anything

Jim Caviezel (2) – The Thin Red Line, The Rock

John C. Reilly (2) – The Thin Red Line, Days of Thunder

Woody Harrelson (2) – The Thin Red Line, I’ll Do Anything

John Travolta (2) – The Thin Red Line, Broken Arrow

George Clooney (2) – The Thin Red Line, The Peacemaker

Val Kilmer (2) – The Prince of Egypt, True Romance

Jeff Goldblum (2) – The Prince of Egypt, Nine Months

Nicole Kidman (2) – The Peacemaker, Days of Thunder

Denzel Washington (2) – The Preacher’s Wife, Crimson Tide

Gregory Hines (2) – The Preacher’s Wife, Renaissance Man (Army Intelligence)

Wesley Snipes (2) – The Fan, Drop Zone

John Leguizamo (2) – The Fan, Regarding Henry

Christian Slater (2) – Broken Arrow, True Romance

Michael Biehn (2) – The Rock, K2

Michael Gambon (2) – Two Deaths, Toys

Robert Duvall (2) – Something to Talk About, Days of Thunder

Joan Cusack (2) – Nine Months, Toys

Robin Williams (2) – Nine Months, Toys

Rosie O’Donnell (2) – I’ll Do Anything, A League of Their Own

Tim Roth (2) – Invincible, A World Apart

Patricia Arquette (2) – Beyond Rangoon, True Romance

James Gandolfini (2) – Crimson Tide, True Romance

Jeremy Irons (2) – The Lion King, The House of the Spirits

Michael Rapaport (2) – True Romance, Point of No Return (The Assassin)

Harvey Keitel (2) – Point of No Return (The Assassin), Thelma & Louise

Donald Sutherland (2) – Younger & Younger, Backdraft

Geena Davis (2) – A League of Their Own, Thelma & Louise

What patterns have you spotted?
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