In 2010, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw teamed up to play married couple Kelly and James Canter for the hit movie Country Strong. Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund joined them as up and coming country artists Chiles Stanton and Beau Hutton, respectively.
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Their characters were opening for mega-famous country singer Kelly Cantor, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, on her comeback tour after she leaves rehab early. Cantor’s career is likened to the popularity Faith Hill and Shania Twain once had at their prime, but her downfall isn’t compared to any country star. She had lots of bad things happen to her, all mostly due to her alcoholism. Her husband/manager, played by McGraw, takes her out of rehab early to perform on a country-wide tour even though she wasn’t ready yet.
Paltrow debuted her singing talent, and so did Meester and Hedlund. Paltrow was praised for her performance, as was the music in the film. The song “Coming Home,” performed by Paltrow, was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, and a few other notable awards. Paltrow even performed the song at the 83rd Academy Awards, but it lost out to Toy Story 3‘s “We Belong Together.”
On Sunday (Jan 23), TMZ reported that one of the stars of Country Strong was arrested for public intoxication in Franklin County, Tennessee. He has since been released on a $2,100 bond and is due in court in March.
This isn’t the first time he’s had issues with alcohol. He is currently being sued for a January 2020 incident where he passed out and crashed into a car with a woman and her three kids. The same night, he was arrested for a DUI and placed on three years probation. His latest arrest could pose a problem, since he is not supposed to break any laws while on probation.
His latest arrest comes days after it was announced that he and longtime girlfriend, actress Emma Roberts, had split up.
They will be co-parenting their son Rhodes Robert Hedlund, who was born in December 2020.