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Inspired by Britney

hollywood Updated: Dec 19, 2010 15:48 IST

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Britney Spears struggle with drug addiction was the inspiration behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s washed-up alcoholic singer character in

Country Strong.


Writer and director Shana Feste revealed during screening of the film in Los Angeles that she used the 29-year-old pop star’s fall from grace as a jumping off point for the film.

“That’s where this movie came from. I mean, I was seeing what was happening in the media to Britney Spears,” the New York Daily News quoted her. In the movie, Paltrow, 38, is playing Kelly Canter, a once-shining country performer who attempts to resurrect her career after a stint in rehab for substance abuse.

Seven years after becoming a teen pop idol in the 2000s, Spears had a highly publicised meltdown when she followed up a brief stint in drug rehab by shaving her head and later attacking a car with an umbrella. Feste also noted that the Michael Jackson’s relationship with the press also inspired her.

“I think it’s tragic how we treat people who give us so much,” Feste concluded.