Notebook Secrets That Can Make You Cry
8. Gosling is a small method
Throughout the movie, Gosling actually covers up his baby blue and wears brown contact lenses because James Garner, the actor who famously played the older, brown-eyed Noah. While young Noah was very concerned with continuity, Garner, who passed away just a month after the movie came out in July 2004, really didn’t care. According to Cassavetes, Gosling also approached the older actor to ask about the accent…which led to an awkwardly hilarious conversation.
“[Ryan] say, ‘I was thinking about stress. There are all sorts of South Carolina accents – more rural accents and this and that. [Garner] “I don’t say accents, kid. They’re stupid,” said Cassavetes, “And [Ryan] go, ‘Okay. What about eye color? I have blue eyes. You have brown eyes. ‘ He said, ‘Everybody knows Jim Garner has brown eyes. Do what you want, kid. ‘ [Ryan] say, ‘OK, I guess I’ll wear contact lenses. What about hair? ‘ And he said, ‘Do whatever you want, kid. Nice to meet you. See you again.’ Ryan looked at me and said, ‘Shut up, don’t even say a word.’ So that’s just one example of two wildly different types of acting styles. Both were wildly successful. “
Another example of Gosling’s method going too far is his suggestion that they burn Noah’s house as a metaphor for his feelings. “He came up to me and said, ‘Why can’t I burn the house down?'” Cassavetes revealed, “I would say, ‘Because I don’t even know what that means. ‘ And he’ll say, ‘Clean my fire!’ “Gosling’s idea didn’t come to fruition, and the gorgeous home still stands on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.