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Kate Hudson's brother mines ex-husband for new musician role

Wyatt Russell hopes his former brother-in-law approves of his new character.

Actor Wyatt Russell channelled his half-sister Kate Hudson's ex-husband as he prepared to play a folk-rocker in his new film.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's 29-year-old son spent time studying musician Adam Ezra as he attempted to get into character as Jason in Folk Hero & Funny Guy, but he admits former The Black Crowes star Chris Robinson was his main inspiration.

"Adam Ezra is a musician in (director) Jeff (Grace)'s, life who Jason is based on, and he's a folk musician who travels around and he performs barefoot, so we thought it would be apropos if I was as well," Wyatt explained. "He was a mixture of Gregg Allman, Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.

"Then there's other people that I know in my life that I modelled the character loosely after, such as friends and family; Chris Robinson was a person in my life, a friend and a big part of my life, and he is a musician, so I'd like to think that he was like the character, but maybe he wouldn't agree!

"I pulled certain aspects of the musical quality from him. Hopefully, he likes the portrayal and any of the songs; otherwise he can totally disown me!"

And Wyatt admits it was interesting performing for people: "I've loved music for a long time and played guitar since I was 11, but I've never really played in front of a lot of people."

Sister Kate was married to rocker Robinson from 2000 to 2007. They are parents to 12-year-old Ryder Russell.

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