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Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr

Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr - In preparing for her 'Country Strong' role as a recovering alcoholic attempting a show-business comeback, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow says she had so much difficulty understanding the mentality of substance abusers, she turned to her friend and 'Iron Man' co-star Robert Downey Jr. to help her get a handle on her character.

And it sounds like his expertise was her secret weapon in mastering the role.

Paltrow, 38, explained to Reuters, "I just couldn't understand how you could be so drunk that you could wreck people's lives and then wake up the next day and pretend everything was fine.... I struggled with that."

Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr

So she consulted her now-sober A-list friend, whose own stellar show-business comeback followed years of drug abuse and prison time. "I asked Robert, 'How does this work?' He was really articulate about addiction and the psychology behind it. He really helped me a lot."

In 'Country Strong,' Paltrow's character, Kelly, isn't just fighting for her sobriety: She's avoiding 'has-been' status by attempting a post-rehab singing comeback, which means touring with an easy-on-the-eyes rising star (played by Leighton Meester). As a result, Paltrow found an angle to her role that she related to with ease.

Source: http://www.popeater.com/2011/01/02/gwyneth-paltrow-robert-downey-jr-country-strong-advice/

Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr

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