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You may want to give The Notebook another watch. Not just because this year marks the 10-year anniversary of the epic love film, but because Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams seemed to really put their acting skills to the test. In a new interview with VH1, director Nick Cassavetes reveals that the duo didn’t get along during filming and even details an explosive on-set argument.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not,” Cassavetes admits. “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?'”
It was the beginning of what would be an explosive fight between Gosling and McAdams. After Gosling told Cassavetes that he just “can’t do it with her” and wasn’t “getting anything” from his time with McAdams, the co-stars went into a room with a producer and lashed out.
“They started screaming and yelling at each other,” the director says, before admitting that he walked out of the room. “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.” Ultimately, Cassavetes says he thinks Ryan “respected her for standing up for her character” after the fight and Rachel was simply happy to get her frustrations off her chest. “The rest of the film wasn’t smooth sailing, but it was smoother sailing,” he added.
It sure did get better as their on-set tension clearly made for some on-screen fire and eventually real-life romance when the couple dated for a few years after the film’s 2004 release.