Ryan Reynolds reveals Nickelback’s cover of the key Spirited song, “Unredeemable,” after previously defending the rock band in Once Upon a Deadpool.
Just in time for the holidays, Ryan Reynolds has revealed a Nickelback cover of one key song in his holiday film, Spirited. The musical comedy serves as a retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, following the Ghost of Christmas Present (Will Ferrell) and his efforts to change Clint Briggs (Reynolds), a case previously overlooked because he was considered to be an “unredeemable.” As the story progresses and audiences learn more about both characters, they see the pair eventually become friends, understanding that they are more alike than they initially thought. With several songs performed throughout, one number in particular marks an important realization for The Ghost of Christmas Present and comes at a pivotal moment for him in the movie.
Spirited contains a lot of fun music and dancing, but “Unredeemable” serves as one of the film’s most memorable songs because it focuses on Ferrell’s character and his own personal struggles. In a recent Instagram post, Ryan Reynolds shared a video of Nickelback covering it, writing in the caption that is “Just seemed like the right thing to do.” Those familiar with the rock band know that they are not often taken seriously, though they still have a strong fanbase, and this is not the first time Reynolds has shown them love.
Back in 2018 when Once Upon a Deadpool was released, audiences saw Reynolds poke fun at the general reception towards Nickelback, hilariously defending the band at the same time. In the special, re-edited version of Deadpool 2, the Merc with a Mouth kidnaps Fred Savage and recounts the film’s story, similar to The Princess Bride. When Savage makes a remark about Nickelback, calling them “over-produced” and “formulaic,” Reynolds’ character is quick to chime in, recapping all of their success, including sold albums and total Grammy nominations. The two then start singing “How You Remind Me” while holding hands.
The idea of an unredeemable is introduced early on in Spirited when Clint’s case is being discussed, revealing him to be one because he believes people do not change. Restoring his kind heart and love for the holidays would create a range of ripples though, as the Ghost of Christmas Present shared. After convincing Jacob Marley (Patrick Page) to let them work on Clint, it is revealed that Present is actually Ebenezer Scrooge, the only other unredeemable to go through the same process. Suddenly his character’s motivations make a lot more sense, but when faced with the question of if he was ever really saved, he begins to perform “Unredeemable.”
Scrooge only had three weeks of life following his encounter with the Christmas spirits, so in order to find out if he was actually no longer an unredeemable, he decided to take his retirement and return to Earth. The musical number breaks apart some of the film’s comedy to portray a sincere moment, as Ferrell’s character questions if there is good in him. In his first holiday movie since 2003’s Elf, Ferrell’s performance of “Unredeemable” was noteworthy and proved to be important to the overall story of Spirited, which is now streaming on Apple TV+.