Ryan Gosling Wanted to Replace Rachel McAdams in ‘The Notebook’

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The world will never get sick of The Notebook and stories about the book and the film.

So here’s another headline, courtesy of director Nick Cassavetes.

In a new interview with VH1, Cassavetes says his main leads Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did not mesh well, causing a few bumps on set.

“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.’”

Can you imagine? A young Ryan Gosling complaining to his director about not getting along with his would-be one true love? (Sorry Eva Mendes, Sandra Bullock).

There’s more:

“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.”

Thank goodness for Rachel McAdams and the whole not leaving the set thing. A world without The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams would’ve been like a world without pizza.

The Notebook celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week. For more director secrets about the film, head over to VH1.

[Lead photo courtesy of New Line Cinema]