Friday, January 8, 2010
Ok, I know "The Notebook" might be over the top sappy for some of you, but I love it. One of the main reasons (among many) I love it, is the gorgeous time period clothing. Rachel McAdams looks simply amazing as a young, rich 40's girl. I read the book many years ago and cried my eyes out. I have since found that Nicholas Sparks is a little too over the top for me, but I still love this movie all the same. The chemistry between Rachel and Ryan Gossling is so hot (maybe because they dated in real life). He is adorable. Here are some fun facts about the film and some pics to show you the costuming. Check it out with a box of kleenex if you've never seen it. Have a great weekend friends!
--Ryan Gosling built the kitchen table featured in the movie in preparation for his role as Noah.
--Ryan Gosling was the director's (Nick Cassavetes) first and only choice for the role of Noah. Before Cassavetes, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Justin Timberlake were also once attached to the project but backed out.
--Background music for the original theatrical trailer for this film featured music from 'Rachel Portman (I)' 's score for The Cider House Rules (1999).
--The "after 7 years Allie and Noah" scenes were shot first and then the crew/cast went on a Christmas break. Ryan Gosling had to lose the beard and 20lbs he'd had as the older Noah and come back to play the young Noah. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were rather shy and unsure around each other in the "after 7 years" scenes but were more comfortable together in the young Allie and Noah scenes.
--Other actresses besides Rachel McAdams who are rumored to have been under consideration for the role of Allie included Ashley Judd , Britney Spears and Reese Witherspoon. (yuck! Can you imagine Britney?)
--Ryan Gosling prepared for his role by living in Charleston, South Carolina before filming began. For two months, he rowed the Ashley River in the morning and built furniture during the day.
--It wasn't in the script that Allie would play the piano, but director Nick Cassavetes felt that it was right, for that's what wealthy young ladies of the 1930s-1940s did. Allie's song is 'Frederic Chopin''s Prelude in E minor Opus 28 #4.
--Rachel McAdams auditioned for the role during another movie's premiere. She was given the script just a day in advance. She beat nine other actresses for the role. The scenes used during her audition included the one of Allie's and Noah's argument at the end after Allie and her mother return from their morning drive.
--Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were both born in London, Ontario, Canada. Walt Whitman , quoted in the classroom scene ("Do I contradict myself?") and other parts of the movie, had a long friendship with 19th century London, Ontario, psychiatrist Dr. Maurice Bucke, which was depicted in the film Beautiful Dreamer (2006) .
--Gena Rowlands, who played older Allie in the movie, is the director's (Nick Cassavetes) mother.
--Ryan Gosling (Young Noah) wore brown eye contacts because James Garner (Old Noah) has brown eyes, and Gosling has blue.