The Notebook is a beloved romance film and book...but it almost didn’t make it to the big screen!
Noah and Allie may never have become one of our favorite cinematic romances of all time due to tension on set between the actors playing them. Ryan Gosling's chemistry with Rachel McAdams played great in the film, but in real life he was close to wanting her off the set.
The Notebook's director Nick Cassavetes spilled the goods to VH1.
"Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, 'Nick come here.' And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, 'Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?' I said, 'What?'He says, 'I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.'"
Thankfully Cassavetes was able to help Gosling get back into the swing of things thanks to an impromptu therapy session.
"We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out," he said.
"At that point I was smoking cigarettes. I smoked a cigarette and everybody came out like, 'All right let's do this.' And it got better after that, you know? They had it out."
The 55-year-old filmmaker thought Gosling respected McAdams for "standing up for her character and Rachel was happy to get that out in the open. The rest of the film wasn't smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing."
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams at The Notebook premiere in Los Angeles (2004)
Gosling discussed the rockiness between himself and McAdams on set in a 2007 interview with The Observer, saying the two "inspired the worst in each other. It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way."
Somehow things worked out because a couple years later, Gosling said he saw her in New York and they "started getting the idea that maybe we were wrong about each other."
The two dated on-and-off again for four years.
Another potential issue for the film, which celebrates is 10th anniversary on June 25, was the bird scene. Apparently, the birds were not usable at first because they hadn’t received proper training.
Once again Cassavetes and his team saved the day and raised their own birds!
"By the time the movie was shooting, they were kind of grown, but they had been fed out there every day."
Thank you Nick Cassavetes!
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