'Smashed' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Playing 'The Best Drunk Ever on Screen' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
But Winstead admits that co-writer and director James Ponsoldt presented her with a particularly daunting challenge when he offered her the role of Kate Hannah, a school teacher struggling with alcoholism, in the independent drama Smashed.
“One of the things he said to me was this has to be the best drunk ever portrayed on screen,” she tells Celebuzz. “So it was a lot of pressure, but I totally understood where he was coming from; there is no way of failing this – that’s just not an option.”
How did Winstead find the humanity in the film’s flawed characters?
In Smashed, Winstead’s character decides early in the film to try and stop drinking, a decision which her husband (played by Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul) doesn’t have the strength to support. But the actress says she likes the fact that the film humanizes his dilemma in a way that avoids making Paul’s character “the bad guy.”
Winstead and Paul Struggle With Addiction in 'smashed'"]“They’re just real people, and that was what drew me to the script to begin with,” she observes.
Watch Part 1 of Winstead's exclusive interview with Celebuzz above, and Part 2 below. Smashed opens in limited release on Oct. 12.