Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Gosling and McAdams' Notebook clash

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams celebrate winning the MTV Movie award for Best Kiss for The Notebook in 2005

The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes has revealed Ryan Gosling didn't want to work with Rachel McAdams on the movie.

The two Canadian actors made their name on the 2004 hit love story, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, and went on to date for around three years after the film was made.

But in an interview with VH1 celebrating 10 years since the release of the cult movie, the director has revealed the two stars - who captured the audience's hearts with their chemistry - fought during filming, and Ryan even asked for Rachel be taken off the project.

Nick revealed: "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.'

He went on: "We went into a room with a producer; they started screaming and yelling at each other. I walked out. 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... I think Ryan respected her 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 and Rachel split in 2007 but The Notebook is still hailed as an iconic love story.

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