December 17th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
If the story of Gwyneth Paltrow’s rehabilitating, country-singing character in “Country Strong” winds up reminding you of anyone, it’ll probably be Britney Spears.
The movie’s writer-director, Shana Feste, told the Los Angeles Times that the love-hate relationship between major stars and the media is what inspired her to create Paltrow’s Kelly Canter, a singer who’s fallen from grace.
"That's where this movie came from. I mean, I was seeing what was happening in the media to Britney Spears," she told the paper.
“I finished the script when Michael Jackson passed away,” Feste added. “I think it's tragic how we treat people who give us so much... we love to see them knocked down to build them back up again, to knock them down again.”
See her inspiration for yourself when “Country Strong” debuts in theaters in limited release on December 22 and nationwide on January 7.
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