Paltrow: Phoenix 'Intense' But Just a 'Big Softy'

But he is a little 'intense'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
Director James Gray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix and Vinessa Shaw attend a special screening of 'Two Lovers' last month in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Gwyneth Paltrow has defended increasingly bizarre Joaquin Phoenix as a "real softy, kind person," reports the Boston Globe. But Paltrow conceded the actor-turned-rap-wildman can be a bit ... distant. "He has trouble relaxing. He's very intense. Sometimes you don't want to disturb him," said the actress, who co-starred with Phoenix in Two Lovers. No word from Gwyneth if she thinks Joaquin's mounting oddness is all an act.