Two gorgeous New Yorkers, sharing a kiss on a Central Park bench. It couldn't be more romantic, right?
Actually, in context, the whole thing is quite the opposite. Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo, the smoochers in question, are both married, though that's not the main point. More pertinent here is the fact that the pair are in the midst of shooting a film called, "Thanks For Sharing," a movie about sex addicts.
To be fair, it's not quite "Shame," the Steve McQueen-directed, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan-starring full frontal fest that is expected to earn an NC-17 rating; Ruffalo, in fact, plays a recovering addict, not one unable to stop the unending cycle.
Meanwhile, Paltrow plays a businesswoman who falls for Ruffalo's character, so it's a bit more of a romantic role for her than the last flick in which she appeared; the Oscar-winner played a philandering wife who quickly dies of a horrible virus in "Contagion." Stuart Blumberg, writer of "The Kids Are All Right," which also featured Ruffalo, writes and directs "Thanks."
Ruffalo and Paltrow will also appear in together in the upcoming Marvel superhero epic, "The Avengers." She reprises her role as Pepper Potts, faithful assistant to Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man, while Ruffalo takes over the shredded cutoffs of The Hulk.