Gwyneth Paltrow Laughs Off False Cancer Scare
"I had bleeding fingers, cramps, shoulder problems," she told The Boot during a press roundtable for the film. "I was like, 'I think I have cancer!' But I pulled a muscle in my armpit. It was a disaster. I went to the doctor and they were like, ' You pulled a muscle.' Oh God, what a nerd!"
Learning to play guitar was an exercise in frustration for Gwyneth. "My fingers wouldn't respond to the signals my brain was [sending]. It took so long to get my fingers to do what my brain wanted them to do and I thought, 'My God, I must have all these atrophied muscles in my fingers.' Other people can play guitar, but I can't get my hands to do [it]."
While it would seem that playing a broken-down alcoholic would be incredibly difficult, Gwyneth found the process as liberating as she found it challenging. "That was very hard, but also very cathartic and I loved playing somebody who was kind of coming off her hinges," she admits. "My life is so ordered, I'm so organized and I loved playing someone who didn't worry about consequences, in a terribly way, by the way. But there was something very liberating about being somebody who was just that reckless because I'm the opposite of that...as an actor, it was just a dream to play her...There was so much freedom in playing Kelly Canter and I was sad to let go of that."
'Country Strong' hits theaters nationwide on January 7.