London: Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she was reduced to tears and left with bleeding fingers as she struggled to learn the guitar for her new film "Country Strong".
Paltrow, who is married to rocker Chris Martin, spent hours working with guitarist Mark Jaimes to make her portrayal convincing. She went from not knowing how to even hold a guitar, to being able to pluck the strings like a professional, reports thesun.co.uk.
But she admits it was a painful and emotional experience.
"I played all the time, and my hands were bleeding and cramping. I cried, like, five times at various points over the four months. It`s much harder than it looks. But at the same time, it was kind of exhilarating to be learning chords and putting them together," she said.
Paltrow plays an alcoholic country music star opposite Tim McGraw as her husband.