Country Strong, the new Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, etc. and so forth film, opens in theaters everywhere today.

The film has Paltrow portraying Kelly Canter, a once-super-successful-but-now-trying-to-make-a-comeback country music singer who, in order to make that comeback, has to battle her alcohol and drug addiction. And, in order to prepare for her role as an addict, Paltrow turned to her Iron Man co-star and real-life addiction battler (Firefox isn’t underlining that so I’m assuming it’s a word) Robert Downey, Jr.

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.

During an interview with Reuters, Paltrow credits Downey, Jr. for helping her better understand addiction, stating the actor was “really articulate about addiction and the psychology behind it” and that “he really helped [her] a lot.”

The rest of the interview deals mostly with Paltrow’s acting, her appreciation for country music, and her family – which is all well and good – but personally, I would love to hear more about what exactly Downey, Jr. told her.

For now, be content to check out Country Song in theaters tonight and see his advice in action :)

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