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Sangeeta Kocharekar
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 22:59

How Ryan Gosling was this close to not landing The Notebook role

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Ryan Gosling almost didn't land his role in The Notebook. The world as we know it would have been very, very different.

Ryan Gosling used to dance and sing alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera in The Mickey Mouse Club.

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But then he vanished from sight, and we didn't hear a peep out of him until The Notebook came out in 2004.

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And this week the creator of the greatest love story of all time Nicholas Sparks has come out and said *gasp* Ryan almost wasn't cast as Noah Calhoun. The writer sat down with IMDb Asks and said the crew had been looking for someone to play the role for a while, and had been auditioning other actors who turned it down.

"No one wanted to play Noah. It was incredibly hard to find an actor willing to play Noah. A lot of the actors said, 'Well, what's Noah's arc?' It's a guy who falls in love, and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up, and then he's there, and he's still in love, and then at the end of the film, well, he's still in love. They said, 'Where's the arc?' So [Ryan] came in, and he really brought that story to life and showed what you can do, even if the arc was relatively minimal." 

To think, if Ryan hadn't starred in The Notebook, we may never have gone on to treat the world to the sight of him shirtless in Crazy Stupid Love

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And what a crazy stupid life we would've had if that hadn't happened.

Check out the chemistry between Ryan and Rachel at the audition for The Notebook: