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Getting lessons in addiction

Hollywood actor Gwyneth Paltrow says Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr, who overcame his battle with drug addiction, helped her to better understand her role as an alcoholic singer in new movie Country Strong.

hollywood Updated: Mar 29, 2011 00:50 IST

Hollywood actor Gwyneth Paltrow says

Iron Man

star Robert Downey Jr, who overcame his battle with drug addiction, helped her to better understand her role as an alcoholic singer in new movie

Country Strong.



The 38-year-old actor, who plays the character of an alcoholic singer Kelly Canter in her forthcoming film had emailed Downey, 45, to seek advice to get into the mindset of an addict. “I actually emailed Robert, who has been sober for a long time, and asked him to explain addiction to me and he wrote me the most amazing email and it really helped me understand it,” the actor said.



Paltrow, who is married to

Coldplay

frontman Chris Martin, says she has never experimented with drugs herself but enjoys an alcoholic tipple every now and again. “Yeah, I do drink. I really enjoy red wine the most. But I like going to British pubs and having the odd pint of Guinness, too.”