The 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is as famous for the official theme song as it is for the tragic romance of Jack and Rose.
But Celine’s power ballad, My Heart will Go On, was not loved by everyone involved.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred in the classic period romance set on the Titanic [Paramount]
Former CEO of Paramount, Sherry Lansing, was an integral factor in James Cameron’s film being made but she wasn’t entirely sold on the cheesy tune.
A biography written by The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway, about Sherry, reveals exactly what she thought about Celine’s song
Celine Dion nearly didn’t sing it either[David Becker/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]
“Lansing only had one reservation: about the song My Heart Will Go On,” Stephen writes, “I said, ‘Jim, isn’t this a little corny?” she recalled.
“He said, ‘Oh my God, Sherry! The song is fantastic.'”
James Horner composed the music for the track with lyrics by Will Jennings, but Celine wasn’t keen on performing it at first.
Having already sung the theme song for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Canadian singer was reluctant to do another movie soundtrack.
Tommy Mottola claims, in Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, that Celine recorded the song in one take and it was that version of her singing that was used in the final demo and released song.
Titanic director James Cameron announced this month the release date for his fou Avatar sequels [Getty]
My Heart Will Go On ended up becoming Dion’s biggest hit and sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles in history.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of James Cameron’s classic romantic drama, which has so far made $2.18 billion worldwide.
That total makes it the second best-selling movie in history, behind the director’s 2009 film Avatar.
Cameron announced this month that his sci-fi epic will have four sequels released between 2020 and 2025.
Celine Dion will be in the UK this year as she brings her Las Vegas show across the pond for a tour.