The way his eyes shined when he looked at her, the way he held her hand, the way he got her tea and took care of her," the best-selling author wrote on his website. What a wonderful gift they'd given us, I thought, to show us on our first day of marriage that true love can last forever. After the rights to the novel were snagged by New Line way back in , Steven Spielberg expressed interest in directing the movie in And his pick for his leading man was Cruise.
Alas, scheduling conflicts got in the way, as they always do, and the project was left for years before Cassavetes came on. While the director immediately knew he wanted Gosling as his star, the studio needed some convincing. Gosling was a little surprised, too, especially after his first meeting with the director.
You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts. McAdams, who had not yet starred in Mean Girls and Wedding Crashers , was a relative unknown who had to audition hard to get the role of Allie. But they did and, gosh, weren't they terrific? Before McAdams landed the role of Allie, one of Gosling's former co-stars was actually considered for the part: Britney Spears , his Mickey Mouse Club pal and one of the biggest stars in the world. I hadn't seen her really since she was about 12—we were both 12—so she's grown up, but she was really good, actually. She did a really nice job.
We were 12, I don't remember much from when I was 12, but yeah, no, she did an excellent job, actually. That was cool. McAdams wasn't too threatened by the competition, saying, "I'm sure Britney would have done a great job! I had no idea!
I was sort of at the end of the line, and I know they'd sort of done a cross-country trip—Nick and Ryan together—looking for the girl, and I sort of squeaked in there. Another big name who also auditioned and has a connection to Justin Timberlake for Allie was Jessica Biel , who revealed to Elle that she considers the movie her one professional opportunity that got away.
I was in the middle of shooting Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer — covered in blood. But there's a million that get away. We're gluttons for punishment.
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It's just rejection. Other actresses who reportedly auditioned include Reese Witherspoon and Ashley Judd. While they went on to date and become one of Hollywood's most beloved couples even after they later split , Cassavetes actually spilled some major tea in when he revealed his stars didn't initially get along. And it was so bad that at one point Gosling tried to get McAdams replaced. Maybe I'm not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not," he told VH1. I can't do it with her.
I'm just not getting anything from this. 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. The rest of the film wasn't smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing. I would say that we were both, well, professional," McAdams said in of the pair's on-set relationship. You don't have to feel anything. Just imagine it. Of course, fans started shipping Gosling and McAdams just as much as they did Noah and Allie, with their infamous on-stage makeout session when accepting the award for Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards going down in awards show and pop culture history.
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Gosling and McAdams would go on to date for three years, before breaking up for good in And while neither star ever officially discussed their break-up, Gosling opened up about their epic romance to GQ. It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life," he said. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that And fans were pretty devastated when the couple split for good, with Gosling admitting to the magazine, "Women are mad at me. A girl came up to me on the street and she almost smacked me.
Like, 'How could you let a girl like that go. Rachel and I should be the ones getting the hugs! Instead, we're consoling everybody else. You know that infamous moment when Noah asks Allie, "What do you want? What do you want? He just knew it," Cassavetes said. But he was so on it. We just let him go. Cassavetes didn't have to cast a wide net when it came to finding the right star to play the older version of Allie: Legendary actress Gena Rowlands happens to be his mother.
His father is the late director John Cassavetes , who actually sort of appears in the film, as the prop photos of Allie and Noah through the years after photos of his parents, just with Garner's face photo-shopped over John's face.
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The pictures of an older Allie and Noah through the years are actually the personal photos of Gena Rowlands of her and her husband John Cassavetes with James Garner's face photo shopped in over John's face. Rowlands admitted to Variety in that she was surprised by the film's enduring success, saying, "I didn't think it would have that kind of impact. I think it was such a big hit because it was about the realization that love can last your whole life. You don't see it depicted that way a lot.
In most films you don't get to see a story like that go from the beginning to the end with the possibility that love can be perhaps eternal. Throughout the film, Gosling actually covered his baby blues and wore brown contact lenses because James Garner , the celebrated actor who played the older Noah, had brown eyes.
There's all kinds of South Carolina accents—one's more rural' and this and that.
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They're stupid. What about eye color? I have blue eyes. You have brown eyes. Do what you want, kid. What about hair? Nice to meet you. See you later.
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Both are wildly successful. Another example of Gosling's method acting method going a little too far was his suggestion that they burn down Noah's house as a metaphor for his feelings. Or something. Gosling also gained weight and grew a beard for the scenes in the movie featuring Noah and Allie when they're six years older, which were filmed first. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you.
Sometimes you must give her a hand.
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And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love. Defining your love for your mister is about to get easier to master. Every step I have taken, since I was that little girl on the bridge, was to bring me closer to you.
The rest of her was smoke.
I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best. Having trouble?
Wherever she is, that's where my home is. But you made a mistake. Being with you is the only way I could have a full and happy life.
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