Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski had his doubts about Lady Gaga contributing to the upcoming action movie’s soundtrack.
Gaga, 36, on Tuesday released a ballad titled “Hold My Hand” for the jam-packed 1986 Tom Cruise vehicle sequel Top Gun.
Kosinski, 48, recently admitted he wasn’t too keen on having the slow-paced, heartbreaking track as part of the project.
“It was nerve-wracking hearing this song for the first time,” Kosinski told Insider, adding that he heard a demo of the track while sitting next to producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
“We went to the record label [offices]and you’re almost afraid you’re not going to like it because how do you say ‘no thanks’ to Lady Gaga?” the filmmaker continued.
However, their spirits soon soared like an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet.
“As soon as we heard the song, we were like, ‘Wow, that’s a classic tune. That’s fantastic,'” Kosinski recalled. “Also in demo form.”
The “Chromatica” singer is a “Top Gun” fan herself, and Kosinski and Bruckheimer, 78, knew right away they wanted to see her song. The film’s composer, Hans Zimmer, was also a fan of the single.
“When Hans heard it, he thought, ‘I can use that as a theme for the movie,'” continued the director of Only the Brave. “He worked it into his orchestral score. So it’s much more than just a song in the film. It’s all about the theme of the film.”
Gaga took a deep dive into her songwriting last week when she teased the song’s release on Instagram. “When I was writing this song for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ I didn’t even realize the many levels it spans across the heart of the film, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we live in,” he said. House of Gucci,” the star wrote.
“I’ve worked on it for years, perfecting it and trying to make it ours. I wanted to make music for a song where we share our deep need to be understood and try to understand each other – a longing for closeness when we feel so far apart and an ability to celebrate life’s heroes ‘ she continued.
Gaga then thanked Mission: Impossible actors Kosinski and Zimmer for the opportunity and the “beautiful experience” of working with the trio.
“This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very tough time,” she said. “I’ve wanted you to hear it for so long.”
Cruise, 59, returns in the sequel as Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and joins an ensemble cast that includes Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer.
On Monday, Gaga proved that she and Cruise are best friends when he showed up at her Las Vegas show. The ‘Poker Face’ singer shared a snap of the ‘Risky Business’ actor giving her a huge hickey on her cheek after her performance.
“Thank you for coming to the show last night. I love you my friend,” she wrote.
Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters on May 27th.