Garrett Hedlund: From Karaoke to "Country Strong"

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Garrett Hedlund auditioned for his role in new musical movie Country Strong by showing off his singing skills in a karaoke bar in front of the film's director. The actor plays a country music performer alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the... 000_005_909_garrettkaraoke

Garrett Hedlund auditioned for his role in new musical movie Country Strong by showing off his singing skills in a karaoke bar in front of the film's director.

The actor plays a country music performer alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the film, and writer/director Shana Feste>b? decided on an unusual method of testing out her leading man's vocal abilities. Feste took Hedlund to the Brass Monkey bar in Los Angeles, where they had a few drinks before she encouraged him to take the stage.

She tells the Hollywood Reporter, "Garrett auditioned in a karaoke bar. It was not very conventional. But I had never heard him sing and he was really nervous and singing for the first time.

"We wanted to make it really fun… We had a few drinks and he got up there and started singing and was definitely not the sound that he is at now, which is amazing, because he literally went from singing a Pearl Jam song to singing country like the best of them."

Garrett can currently be seen in TRON: Legacy.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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