There are certain things you expect from a superhero movie sequel: explosions, villains, action set pieces. One thing that most of them don’t have is an original power ballad sung by the inimitable Céline Dion. That is, of course, unless you are Deadpool 2. In that case, of course you get Céline Dion, and you film an emotional music video to go with it, complete with dramatic footage of the Merc with a Mouth interpretive dancing along.
Before Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18, star Ryan Reynolds released a jaw-dropping music video to Dion’s original new song “Ashes.” It immediately went viral, racking up more than 2 million views in one day, so EW called David Leitch — who directed both the film and the music video — to get the details on exactly how they recruited the iconic Canadian songstress for Deadpool 2.
Leitch may be best known for his work in the action world — he was a longtime stuntman for actors like Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and he directed Atomic Blonde and co-directed John Wick — but he jumped at the chance to do a dramatic ballad.
“I needed a song in the movie and I wanted a ballad that was thematic,” he explains. “But to do the music video, we got marketing involved, and I think their first reaction was, ‘Excuse me, what do you guys want to do?’ ‘Well, we want to shoot a music video. It’s a song from the movie. It’s Céline Dion singing this melodramatic song, and Deadpool’s going to dance an interpretive dance beside her, and there you go.’ And they were like, ‘Uh, okay.’”