Drugs are probably behind Joaquin Phoenix’s move from Hollywood to his own warped version of hip hop, but I can’t help but think it’s more than a coincidence that his last role was with insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow. The Sun has more details of their interactions on screen in the film Two Lovers and Phoenix had to endure a sex scene with Paltrow along with seeing her try to act sexy as she bares and strokes her breasts. I know Paltrow is technically supposed to easy on the eyes, but there’s something about seeing her in that position that just makes me cringe. It’s not the first and probably won’t be the last time Paltrow bares it on screen. According to Mr. Skin she’s been nude without using a body double in five other films.
[Gwyneth Paltrow]… bares and caresses her breast to entice a neighbour, played by JOAQUIN PHEONIX.
Two Lovers, which is released in March, is set in New York and centres around Joaquin’s character Leonard.
After splitting up with his long-term partner, he moves back in with his parents who attempt to set him up with a family friend.
However depressed Leonard is instead enticed by Michelle, played by Gywneth.
She lives in the same apartment block as his parents.
Michelle attempts to lure Leonard with some saucy antics, including phone sex and another scene of red hot bedroom action.
[From The Sun]
Phoenix really has descended into fug since this movie was shot. Trying to seduce Paltrow on screen may have just proved too much for him, and it’s like the weight gain, beard and the crazy are all a defense mechanism to keep her far away.
This film is out in the US on February 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day! It came out in France on November 19, and in Belgium in late December, and has been screened at some film festivals. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have enough reviews to give it a percentage rating, but the two critics who have seen it say it’s mediocre and don’t recommend it. Have any of you seen the film and what did you think? Did you hunker down in your seat when Paltrow started the sexy or were you able to suspend disbelief and endure it?
Here’s the trailer: