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Deadpool 2: That never-before-heard Celine Dion song wasn't originally produced for the movie

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Aug 14, 2018

Remember that internet-breaking video from back in May, in which Deadpool dances on a stage as Celine Dion belts out a brand-new song? Yeah, that little ditty wasn't actually produced with Deadpool 2 in mind, but was chosen when director David Leitch was cutting the movie together and needed a breather between the death of Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and Wade (Ryan Reynolds) coming to terms with her death. 

As a result, that James Bond-inspired opening was born, something X-Men producer Simon Kinberg described as "her funeral"  — as recounted by Leitch on the audio-commentary track of Deadpool 2's digital edition, which was just released.

"We were auditioning songs [for the interlude] and Columbia [Records] had a song that they felt could be a hit and was a ballad... I just laid it against the imagery and I'm like, 'Holy sh**, it's thematic to the idea of a lot of the characters in the movie," the director continues on the commentary, which also includes Reynolds and the screenwriting team of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. "Losing everything and hopefully, something beautiful can come out of it."

Before the production settled on Celine Dion's "Ashes," Leitch considered using an artist like Adele, who sung the Oscar-winning theme to Skyfall. Reynolds, however, thought Dion was perfect since she's Canadian (just like himself) and because she sings "the ever-loving sh** out of that song."

"Celine hasn't done a song for a movie in a little while and it just felt like a perfect, ironic match," adds Reese. 

Still, we're very curious how long Columbia had that gem lying around on the ol' curio shelf before Deadpool found it, dusted it off, and turned it into an international sensation.