These Secrets about the Notebook that Will Make You Weep

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8. Gosling was a small method

Gosling wore brown contact lense and covered his baby blues throughout the film. James GarnerThe famous actor who played the role of the older Noah had brown eyes. Although the younger Noah was interested in continuity, Garner, who died just one month later in July 2004, didn’t seem to care. Cassavetes says that Gosling also asked Garner about accents… which resulted in a hilariously awkward conversation. 

“[Ryan] says, ‘I was thinking about accents. There’s all kinds of South Carolina accents—one’s more rural’ and this and that. [Garner] goes, ‘I don’t do accents, kid. They’re stupid,'” Cassavetes said, “And [Ryan] goes, ‘OK. What about eye color? I have blue eyes. You have brown eyes.’ He says, ‘Everyone knows Jim Garner’s got brown eyes. Do what you want, kid.’ [Ryan] says, ‘OK, I guess I’ll wear contacts. What about hair?’ And he says, ‘Do whatever you want, kid. Nice to meet you. See you later.’ Ryan looked at me and said, ‘Shut up, don’t even say a word.’ So that’s just an example of two extremely different types of acting styles. Both are wildly successful.”

Gosling suggested that Noah’s house be burned down as a metaphor for their feelings. “He’d come to me and say, ‘Why can’t I burn the house down?'”Cassavetes uncovered “I’d say, ‘Because I don’t even know what that means.’ And he’d say, ‘Cleansing my fire!'”Gosling’s plan didn’t make it to the final cut. The beautiful house, which is still standing on Wadmalaw Island (South Carolina), was not selected.