BREAKING BAD star Aaron Paul didn't have to dig too deep to play an alcoholic in new movie Smashed - he once dated a girl with a drinking problem.
Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a boozy couple in the new film, and the actor admits the role came easy to him because he had a lot of experience of dating someone suffering with alcoholism.
He tells Wenn, "She was a severe alcoholic and I ended up going to Aa meetings with her all the time. I told her I would go cold sober just to try it. I really tried to save her.
"Alcohol, definitely at the end of the day, destroyed our relationship. Alcohol is an evil substance and it's a serious problem all over the place."
And Paul believes his new film would be a good one to show to recovering alcoholics battling to stay sober: "This would be a great film to show at Aa meetings. It's not a scared straight story, but it's about two young kids having issues. I think this would be a good film for someone who has a substance abuse problem to watch."