A decade after the movie was released, The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes revealed that Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were not exactly the perfect pair during the movie’s filming.
In an interview with VH1, Cassavetes said that Gosling and McAdams did not get along on set. “Really not,” he said.
Cassavetes said that during a big scene with about 150 people, Gosling came up to him and asked McAdams to be replaced. “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.’”
After the incident, Gosling, McAdams, Cassavetes, and a producer went into a room where the pair started screaming at each other. “I walked out. At that point I was smoking cigarettes,” Cassavetes said.
All the screaming and yelling seemed to help, as Cassavetes said that filming went better after the incident. “The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing,” he said. Other details about the movie were also revealed during the 10th anniversary interview.
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Gosling and McAdams worked out their issues, as they started dating in 2005, a year after the movie came out. They were together for two years, and again reconciled briefly in 2008.
In an interview with GQ Magazine in 2007, Gosling talked about The Notebook and his relationship with then girlfriend McAdams. “God bless The Notebook. It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that,” he said.
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