Yesterday, June 25, was the 10 year anniversary of the release date of one of the most romantic movies of our time, The Notebook. If you’re wondering why we didn’t write about this on the actual anniversary, it’s because we were all too busy watching the movie while silently crying into our pillows, asking ourselves why we can’t be the object of Ryan Gosling’s affection.
The Notebook is probably the only Nicholas Sparks movie that I actually really enjoy (and not just because Ryan is the star). I still remember when the movie first came out. It was all anyone could talk about… and cry about. I didn’t see it in theaters, but my boyfriend at the time bought me the DVD for Valentine’s Day, and then we watched it for the first time together. I’m not even kidding when I say that I think he cried more than I did.
Even though we all know that the movie is completely unrealistic, we all love it. The Notebook is a classic tear-jerker love story that no one can resist. But I bet you don’t know everything behind it, right? Here are 10 facts you never knew about The Notebook. Now, go watch the movie and let yourself cry a little. It feels good sometimes!
Britney Spears Almost Played AllieBefore Rachel McAdams scored the role of Allie, there were a few other actresses who were being considered, including Ashley Judd, Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Biel. None of them seem to be the right fit, so as much as I love Britney, I'm glad Rachel got it.
Justin Timberlake Almost Played NoahWhen director Nick Cassavetes was signed on as the director of the movie, his first and only choice for an actor to play Noah was Ryan Gosling. But before Nick was the director, Tom Cruise and Justin Timberlake were both attached to the movie. Thank God Ryan got it!
The Director Wanted Ryan Because He Was 'Normal'Ryan once told Company Magazine that the reason Nick Cassavetes wanted Ryan to play Noah was because he was "regular." He said, "He was standing in his back yard, and he looked at me and said, 'I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts.'" Um, I would hardly say that Ryan isn't handsome, dude. Watch yourself.
Ryan and Rachel Hated Each Other During FilmingRyan and Rachel might have once been a couple, but they didn't actually start dating until after The Notebook. During filming, the two didn't get along at all, although you'd never know it. Ryan supposedly hated working with Rachel, saying she was uncooperative. He apparently even wanted another actress to replace her so he didn't have to look at her! Ryan has been quotes as saying, “We inspired the worst in each other. It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way.”
There Were Some Goofy Errors In The MovieLike every movie, The Notebook has some factual mistakes. During the street scene, when Noah and Allie are laying under the traffic lights, Noah says he used to watch the lights change "from green to red to yellow" with his dad. This is not how traffic lights work. Also, the movie showed images of parking meters, which weren't actually around in that time period.
James Marsden Didn't Think The Movie Would Be GoodJames once admitted to OUT Magazine that he was surprised by the success of The Notebook. He said, "I never set out to make a bad movie. Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, 'Why did you pick that take?' Then there are some movies that I've been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week - type thing, and here we are!"
The Movie Was Filmed From End to BeginningThe Notebook was not filmed in the order we watch it, as is the case with most movies. The "after seven years Allie and Noah" scenes were all filmed first, because Ryan already had a thick beard. After those were done, the crew took a break and started filming the beginning once Ryan had shaved off his beard and lost some weight so he could look younger.
The Notebook Is Ryan's Most Financially Successful FilmRyan Gosling has done a ton of movies that have all done really well - and many would argue that most were better than The Notebook - but this one was his most financially successful film. Never underestimate the power of teen girls looking for romance! It is also the most successful Nicholas Sparks adaptation, and the most financially successful movie for the director.
Ryan Gosling Spent Two Months Getting Into CharacterRyan took his role as Noah really seriously - he spent two months preparing for the movie to start. During those two months, he lived in Charleston, South Carolina where he rowed the Ashley River every morning and built furniture during the day. UM. I'm literally swooning. Could he be any more perfect? The answer is no.
Their Iconic Kiss Was One Of The Best Of All TimeDespite the fact that Ryan and Rachel didn't along, they still had some pretty amazing kissing scenes. Remember when they won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards, and reenacted it on stage? I literally almost cried. They also got Best Movie Kiss Of All-Time by Entertainment Weekly in 2011.
Which of these facts surprised you the most? Which did you already know? Do you love or hate The Notebook? Tell me in the comments!