"The Notebook" Director Shares Drama-Filled Stories from Set
It appeared the costars has wonderful chemistry on and off the screen, as they ended up a real life couple. But, Nick's story changes that perspective quite a bit.
"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."
Knowing that the film relied on Ryan and Rachel’s performances, Cassavates held a therapy session.
"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."
The film, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 25, also stars James Garner as the elder Noah. Playing the same person Ryan, wanted to mimic everything from character traits and mannerisms, yet the 86-year-old actor did not share his enthusiasm.
Cassavates added, "Jimmy is one of those kind of actors who's a no-bulls**t actor from a time gone by. But Ryan finds significance in talking about hairstyles and everything."
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
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