I know this isn’t BREAKING NEWS!!1! for all of you die-hard The Notebook fans, because I’m pretty sure this story has maybe been told before, but for the rest of us who haven’t ever gone to Notebook-Con dressed as the rowboat, then this is new. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the movie that can make your sad aunt start bawling her eyes out just by spotting the DVD on the shelf, director Nick Cassavetes told VH1 about how Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams would have rather been forced to watch The Hot Chick and Breaker High, Ludovico-style, than spend longer than 3 seconds with each other’s asses:
“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.'”
“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.”
Who knew soft-spoken Canadian dreamboat Ryan Gosling could be such a diva bitch? Sure, Rachel McAdams took acting lessons at the lumber yard (bitch is wooden) but it’s The Notebook; it’s basically a Lifetime movie with enough cash in the budget for a craft services table. But I guess Ryan Gosling didn’t get the memo, because that difficult baby goose acted like they were filming the 1940’s prequel to Blue Valentine or some shit.
And you know that what Nick Cassavetes really wanted to say was: “Thank god those two trailered-up and got to hate-fucking, because old timey costumes don’t come cheap.”