Robert Downey Jr. Taught Me How to Play a Drunk: Paltrow

Gwyneth explains how she prepared for Country Strong
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 9:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Gwyneth Paltrow drinks—"a lot," she told Chelsea Handler last night—but she still had no idea what it would be like to have a serious alcohol problem, as her character does in Country Strong. So what did she do? Easy: Emailed Robert Downey Jr. for advice. "I didn’t understand how you could do something so crazy one night and kind of wreck lives in your wake and then wake up and expect to be back to normal," she said. So she asked RDJ, who "wrote me the most amazing email and he helped me understand it." Click here for more about Country Strong's effect on her.

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