• 'The Notebook' director apologizes for claiming the stars didn't get along
  • Cassavetes revealed there were tension between Gosling and McAdams
  • He's now offering a mea culpa

It's been nearly two decades since 'The Notebook' melted hearts worldwide, but the off-screen drama between its stars, Ryan Gosling (then 24) and Rachel McAdams (then 26), is just as captivating as their on-screen romance. Director Nick Cassavetes spills the tea on the duo's rocky start, offering a juicy apology for previously airing their dirty laundry.

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The clash that shocked the crew

Imagine being on set when Ryan Gosling, in the midst of a pivotal scene, pulls the director aside to demand a replacement for McAdams! Yes, you heard it right. Gosling was ready to cut McAdams out of the picture, literally. The tension was palpable, leading to a screaming match that would change the course of their relationship.

“Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set. Really not,” Cassavetes revealed at the time. “Ryan came to me, and there’s 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here.’ 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?’

Rachel Mcadams & Ryan Gosling Characters: Allie Hamilton & Noah Calhoun Film: The Notebook (USA 2004) Director: Nick Cas

From screaming to steamy romance

What happened next is the stuff of Hollywood legend. After a heated confrontation, Gosling and McAdams found respect and, eventually, love for each other. Their tumultuous beginning gave way to a fiery romance that had fans and gossip columns buzzing from 2005 to 2007.

Despite the initial clashes, 'The Notebook' soared, becoming a generational touchstone for romance. Cassavetes credits the "supersonic" performances of Gosling and McAdams as the cornerstone of the film's enduring appeal. Their real-life chemistry, born out of conflict, added an undeniable authenticity to their roles.

A love story for the ages

Though their romance eventually ended, the legacy of Gosling and McAdams' tumultuous start and passionate connection lives on. 'The Notebook' remains a testament to the idea that sometimes, the most challenging beginnings can lead to the most beautiful endings.

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