Behind-the-Scenes Feud That Almost Got Rachel McAdams Fired from The Notebook

Behind-the-Scenes Feud That Almost Got Rachel McAdams Fired from The Notebook
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Ryan Gosling wanted her fired.

Despite dating for two years after meeting on the set of The Notebook, the relationship between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams got off to a terrible start during the filming of the movie. Not that it was obvious to the viewers, as the chemistry between the two actors when they were on screen together was nothing short of electric.

Gosling was initially reluctant to take on the role of Noah, but once he agreed to play the part, he invested heavily in getting it right. As for McAdams, she beat out the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Britney Spears for the chance to play Allie.

Of course, both were ideal for their respective roles and it must have seemed like the perfect pairing at first. But that turned out to be far from the truth.

Things started off well, but it wasn't long before Gosling and McAdams began to bicker. As the rift between them grew, these turned into full-blown arguments, until one day Gosling asked for another actress to read lines with him off-camera.

As things got out of hand, their feud threatened to ruin the production of the film. So auteur director John Cassavetes sent them into a private room to air their differences and sort things out. This proved pointless. The two shouted at each other so loudly that everyone outside the room could hear them.

Here's how Cassavetes recalled the incident in his 2014 interview with VH1: '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.'

And while they were a little more cordial after the meeting, it was only in the interest of keeping things professional on set. In real life, they still couldn't stand each other. At least not at the time.

By 2005, a year after the film's release, the pair had patched up their differences and were romantically linked. And the relationship lasted 2 years. Not bad for a couple who couldn't stand to be in the same room together.

Nearly 20 years later, The Notebook is still considered a classic in its genre and continues to be enjoyed by new generations of moviegoers.

Meanwhile, Gosling has cemented himself as a Hollywood icon and is currently starring as Ken in the Barbie movie. McAdams starred in Sherlock Holmes and Dr Strange. And both are now settled down with long-term partners and two children each.

Source: VH1.