THR: ‘Book’ of love.

The Hollywood Reporter
Published: June 25, 2004

Cozied in poolside cabanas Monday at the W hotel in Westwood, partygoers buzzed about the onscreen chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams following the bow of New Line’s romantic tear-jerker “The Notebook'” at the nearby Mann Village Theatre.

I’m the luckiest man; I love this cast,” said producer Mark Johnson, who convinced the studio to purchase rights to Nicholas Sparks’ novel seven years ago–coincidentally, the amount of time it takes the film’s lovers to reunite. “You have to be patient and stay (with your projects); the movies I’m proudest of took five (or) six years to make.”

Said director Nick Cassavetes: “I’m making sweeter and sweeter films–I must be mellowing in my old age. I laughed because this isn’t a movie that I would normally want to make, but I read the story, thought of my wife, and I connected.”

What drew Gosling to the script was “solid actresses,” he said. “I wouldn’t have done this film without Rachel.”

© 2004 The Hollywood Reporter | Written by Ada, Guerin | No copyright infringment intended.

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