Actors Who Flat Out Refused To Work Together


Many critics found 2004’s The Notebook a little too clumsy and cliché-ridden, but audiences fell hard for Nick Cassavetes’ romantic drama. According to the director, the drama sometimes continued after he yelled cut, with co-stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling clashing in front of the crew. “Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story, but they were really not getting along one day on set — really not,” Cassavetes told VH1 (via Entertainment Weekly). “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.’”

Producers called a clear-the-air meeting after Gosling refused to shoot the big scene with McAdams, and it got off to a rocky start. “They started screaming and yelling at each other,” said Cassavetes, who “walked out” of the room. “They had it out,” the director said. “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 two actors dated for a couple of years after wrapping The Notebook, but their highly-shipped romance didn’t stand the test of time.

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