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Garrett Hedlund: 'Country Strong' Opens Today!

Garrett Hedlund: 'Country Strong' Opens Today!

Garrett Hedlund grins as he arrives at a screening of his new movie, Country Strong, at AMC Village 7 on Thursday (January 6) in New York City.

The 26-year-old actor plays a songwriter named Beau Hutton in the film, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester!

“I mean, country, it was the only thing we listened to on the farm with the one radio station,” Garrett told MTV News. “You try to veer from it and you to go to rock and then to rap, and then country on this film kind of pulled me back home.”

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29 Responses to “Garrett Hedlund: 'Country Strong' Opens Today!”

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  1. 1
    M Says:

    they are trying so hard it feels this movie is a flop even though, like you say, it only opens today

  2. 2
    r. Says:

    So glad he and the cast are at least getting good reviews for their performances and musical talents. And the regular, unpretentious people I’ve seen it with love the film.

  3. 3
    Ba Says:

    He’s beautiful.

  4. 4
    caro Says:

    again an hairy actor!

  5. 5
    moio Says:

    I can not wait to see the movie!
    In Belgium it was released in March, along

  6. 6
    Ash Says:

    I could care less what the critics say. I’m gonna see it for Leighton and Garrett <3

  7. 7
    Lola* Says:

    I cant wait to see it, also mostly for garret and leighton. However he does not look too hot in this photocall. Cmon Garret, step it up! You can do better than this!

  8. 8
    panda Says:

    Going tonight to watch Garrett and Leighton on the big screen!!!

  9. 9
    nina Says:

    hmmm….definetely noot looking pretty in this pics

  10. 10
    jenny Says:

    @r.: huh??? The cast are getting great reviews? I think you have a reading comprehension probem! Most of the reviews say that Gwyneth was totally miscast, Tim should at least sing cause he’s the only one who can do it, Leighton..well they’re a bit biased&Hedlund’s character has been described as “looking like he’s on drugs”. If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomates, they have all the reviews; right now it’s at 16% rotten. I can understand when people are fans of one actor or the other&want to concentrate on the good things, but come on, don’t make up BS, when the reviews are out there for every1 to see!

  11. 11
    marie Says:

    @jenny: you’re brave…! You’re gonna be crusified now!

  12. 12
    .. Says:

    The cast did get good reviews. They said that’s what saves the movie if anything. I know how to read and I read the reviews right. Thank you very much.

  13. 13
    mel Says:

    @jenny: Stop the BS…critics are complaining about the script not about the actors, you should take another look at the reviews because they acknowledge the acting, performances, and the music as being the movies strength

  14. 14
    Flo Says:

    Psht reviews! He’s hot, and his voice is amazing,

  15. 15
    T Says:

    These are just some comments from different critics….mostly about Leighton and Garrett

    Garrett Hedlund (who made this film immediately after getting digital for TRON: Legacy) and Leighton Meester (who dabbles in singing) are photogenic and convincing (if not Oscar material) as singers and actors.

    Also, both Hedlund and Meester gave terrific performances and have great chemistry, especially when performing together on stage giving a country music skeptic like myself the impression that country music can be somewhat sexy. I do caution that it is an intense drama despite the film’s marketing which depicts a knee-slapping, toe-tapping good time.

    You could tell that Gwyneth Paltrow as Kelly was in pain, and Leighton Meester as the innocent and bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed Chiles was consistent and entertaining.

    Coming off a somewhat mediocre performance in “Tron: Legacy”, Hedlund delivers the exact opposite in “Country Strong.” He is a scene stealer and this film will serve as a turning point in his career, pushing him into the caliber of leading man.

    Despite the obvious flaws, the actors manage to inject believability into their characters, allowing them to be raw and less than perfect. That vulnerability, coupled with fresh music and enthusiastic, heartfelt acting and vocal performances all round, make “Country Strong” worth tuning into.

    I am definitely watching this movie for these two

  16. 16
    Susan Says:

    He has pretty eyes. Like him clean-shaven more though.

  17. 17
    Unwatchable Says:

    GP is a total miscast. This movie is so cheesy and weak. I think you’ll have to be drinking yourself to make it through it. “Ordinary” people are not dumb. This movie will definitely be a big flop.

  18. 18
    miumiu Says:

    i am watching this for leighton and garrett!

  19. 19
    irene olson Says:

    When will Tim McGraw and Hollywood realize he cannot act. I would bet Garrett and Leighton are the best actors. Tim and Gwyneth lack in the talent department. McGraw better stick with singing. Best of luck to Garrett.

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    nikki Says:

    no matter how you spin it, the reviews are bad! 74% of the critics think the movie is a waste of money; when they say stuff like the actors are not as terrible as the rest of the movie, that is NOT praise people. Come. On.

  21. 21
    Sophia Says:

    Me too! They look really great together.

  22. 22
    nora Says:

    Yeah, so great reviews for the cast!!!
    “The relationship between Beau and Chiles contains no chemistry”
    “Hedlund was okay as the scrappy kid in Tron: Legacy, but he’s hopeless at anything requiring greater nuance. His constant smirk makes him look perpetually stoned”
    “Hedlund doesn’t help much. He’s attractive in a scraggly, hunched-over kind of way, however he can’t act. It looks like he’s trying too hard to come off like a 2011 country version of James Dean, and trust me, it doesn’t work”
    “Meester is flat-out awful”
    “The performances – not just of Paltrow but also (even especially) Hedlund and Meester – create a viewing experience in which several great country music videos are contained within a sappy and hoot-filled feature-length movie”
    “Hedlund and Meester aren’t complex or interesting enough to carry so much of the movie”

    etc, etc, etc, etc, etc…….

  23. 23
    GG Says:

    That is BS! Garrett is getting a lot of praise for this movie. Judging by the clips I’ve seen, him and Leighton have chemistry.

  24. 24
    Kaz simply smashing !!!!!!! Says:

    I don’t care wried

  25. 25
    Helen Says:

    The movie’s so bad

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