Nicholas Sparks Says No One Wanted To Play Noah In 'The Notebook'

Thank God for Gosling.
"If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
"If you're a bird, I'm a bird."

No one likes Noah. At least, according to author Nicholas Sparks, no wanted to play the part of "Noah" in the screen version of "The Notebook."

During a conversation with IMDb Asks on Wednesday, Sparks revealed the difficulties he had casting the famously romantic leading role.

"It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, “Well, what’s Noah’s arc?" Sparks said. "It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up and then he’s there and he’s still in love and then at the end of the film, well, he’s still in love. Where’s the arc? Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life."

Gosling managed to bring the story to life, but he apparently landed the part because he wasn't considered traditionally handsome by Hollywood standards and the film's director.

"[Director] Nick Cassavetes called me to meet him at his house. When I got there, he was standing in his backyard, and he looked at me and said, "I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts,'" Gosling told Company magazine in 2011.

Definitely the kind of stuff that boosts your self-esteem, right?

Sparks might struggle to cast the next Noah, as well, since "The Notebook" is reportedly making its way to the small screen sometime soon. Cause, you know, "It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over."

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