Sony Pictures have released some new pictures from Country Strong for the UK release of the movie, which is the 25th of March.
So only one week to go!
Garrett Hedlund believes he “won the lottery” by landing a role alongside Gwyneth Paltrow.
The actor is one of Hollywood’s brightest rising young stars, having featured in Four Brothers and Tron: Legacy, among other movies.
In Country Strong he portrayed Beau Hutton and filmed a number of scenes with Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth. And it is this that Garrett is most thankful for, especially as she was incredibly kind to him on set.
“Gwyneth is so incredible – she couldn’t have been any sweeter to me. I think I won the lottery in this situation,” he told the British edition of Glamour.
In the movie, Garrett’s character works to try and help singer Kelly Canter, who is portrayed by Gwyneth. For the 26-year-old it was a dream come true, yet it did have its drawbacks as he was terrified of performing in front of a crowd.
“Country Strong was a dream role. I play a singer-songwriter who goes on tour with Kelly,” he said.
“Singing live was scary. I’d been playing around Nashville with my on-screen band to prepare for the role, but when it’s the first take in front of 500 – 1,000 people, your fingers get jittery between chord transitions.”
Garrett has also landed a role in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous novel On the Road. It stars sexy Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and he says moviegoers will have to wait and see if he gets romantic with her, or buy the original text. “When somebody asks, ‘Do you kiss Kristen’s character?’ I’m like, ‘Well read the book!’”
Great response Garrett! People, read the book!
The Country Strong DVD and Blu-ray will be released in US the 12th of April.
Here in UK, the movie is coming to the cinemas on Friday 25th of March! So in just a bit over a month! Finally!
Here is the DVD cover and special features!
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features Include:
I literally cannot wait for this movie, it’s been a long wait for us here in UK!
MPSE (Music Picture Sound Editors) presented the MPSE Golden Reel Awards last night where Garrett’s movie Country Strong received an award:
Best Sound Editing: MUSIC IN A MUSICAL FEATURE FILM
“Country Strong” Screen Gems
Music Editor: Fernand Bos, M.P.S.E. Music Editor: Philip Tallman
Congrats! This is great news! Country Strong is also nominated at the Oscars this year in the ‘Original Song’ category with Gwyneth Paltrow’s song ‘Coming Home’. It’s a great song. Let’s hope it wins!
Thanks to Mia for posting over at Garrett Minds!
Love scenes can be awkward for even the most experienced actors, but ‘Country Strong’ star Garrett Hedlund says he just jumped right in when it came to his kissing scene with co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.
Garrett’s first meeting with Gwyneth was only shortly before their romantic scene. “Me and Gwyneth and [director] Shana Feste went to dinner for like an hour one of the days prior, and that was the first Gwyneth and I met each other,” Garrett tells The Boot.
Shortly thereafter, the 26-year-old actor was in a lip-lock with the Oscar-winning star. “[You] have to jump in and play these tender scenes, but you know what you’re getting in for and you know what you want to do and what you want to show within your character.”
Garrett adds that he had to concentrate on his acting and ignore the fact that he was kissing one of the biggest stars in the world. “You kind of forget about the nerves of it and you focus on the scene and the characters. [Shana] wrote such a tender script filled with a lot of beauty, and you just want to try to show some of that.”
Garrett says he and Gwyneth did no major prep work for the intimate scene. “We didn’t even talk about it beforehand,” he reveals. “The two of you show up, it’s just really another day at work and being professional and mature about it. I’m more focused on the character and the work and not me.”
In the film, Garrett plays Beau Hutton, a talented singer/songwriter who befriends Gwyneth’s character, fallen country superstar Kelly Canter, in rehab. He’s then tapped to go on Kelly’s comeback tour as both an opening act and a watchdog for Kelly, making sure she stays sober on the trek. Garrett sings several tunes in the movie, including ‘Chances Are.
My Day as an Extra on ‘Country Strong’
Tim McGraw helped bring the production of his new film ‘Country Strong,’ which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, to Nashville this past February, and that gave temporary jobs and the chance to be seen on the big screen to hundreds of Middle Tennesseans, like me.
The producers wanted Tim in their movie badly enough that they agreed to film it in Nashville, a convenient driving distance from his home which helped accommodate his touring schedule and family obligations.
Prior to arriving on the set of the movie, I had hoped to get Tim’s attention so that I might be offered a bigger part, maybe even a speaking role. He would see me, and say, “There is my good friend! She would be great in a more pronounced part.” And then, Gwyneth and I would be best friends, and we would live happily ever after, trading recipes and tips for living well. However, that was not to be the way things would play out. In fact, there is the remote possibility that I may be seen in the far reaches of the auditorium during a concert scene … or maybe not.
My day began as usual, with breakfast and a shower, and then I packed up and headed to downtown. The rest of my day’s schedule as a ‘Country Strong’ extra follows:
At 9:15 AM: I was rocking along to Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’ and then ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ in my green Xterra to the place I would meet the production folks to head over to that day’s film location.
9:30 AM: I noticed there were more people than I thought would be there, and I suddenly did not feel special anymore as I did a few days earlier when the production folks called to tell me I had been picked to appear in the film. We were loaded onto buses, herded a bit like cattle. There were various types of people ranging in age from 21 to 71.9:47 AM: We arrived at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium and proceeded to get into two separate lines based on the first letter of our last names. We moved along at a good pace to sign in and get our paperwork to fill out.
10:32 AM: I finished my paperwork and got into another line. Handed my paperwork to one of the many production assistants on the film crew, who were seated behind several white tables, definitely keeping their distance from us “extras.”
11:10 AM: After waiting around, I was sent to wardrobe, and the “fashion consultant” had me go into the bathroom to change, even though what I was wearing was comfortable and would go well at a concert scene — jeans, a cute top and most importantly, flip flops. However, she picked out my most uncomfortable pair of boots, even though nobody would ever see them and a little dress over jeans and a denim jacket.
11:45 AM: Now that I was appropriately attired, we were seated and then moved from one section to another located at the corner of stage left. I noticed up in the rafter seats there were some pretty stiff people, just staring ahead, and I realized they were dummies set to appear as people.
12:07 PM: Got a little hungry, so I ate some pop tarts that I brought with me just in case I could not find anything to appease my appetite.