Together at the June 21, 2004 World Premiere of "The Notebook," Ryan Gosling and James Garner and the other "The Notebook" cast members were greeted by screams from very enthusiastic female fans. Here's what the two versions of the character Noah Calhoun have to say about making this romantic movie:
INTERVIEW WITH RYAN GOSLING:
Are you a romantic?
If I eat a huge meal and I can get the girl to rub my belly, I think thats about as romantic as I can think of.
That sounds like something romantic on the girl's part. You seem to have quite a fan club. Whats it like to be lusted after?
My mother has hired all those people. She pays them.
Your following should get even bigger after they see you as the romantic lead in The Notebook.
(Laughing) I dont think that is true.
Whats it like working with Rachel McAdams?
Lovely, and the truth is I probably wouldnt have done the film if she wouldnt have done it.
Was there immediate chemistry between the two of you?
I think we just knew that we had a movie when Rachel walked in the room.
This is a real romantic tale and its coming out against action/special effects films. Is it nice to see a story like this get made?
Yeah, I think its nice too, to see it come to fruition as well, see it come to an end. A lot of love stories when they come to the end, they end. We kind of pick up the storyline and I figure thats what makes it interesting.
Could you ever imagine yourself doing what your character does?
When I read the script, I thought about that. Would I behave the same way in my real life? I try to play characters who are different from myself, so I feel like this character is someone who is really different. I actually think that if I did what he did in this movie, I would get a restraining order put against me. The fact that you think its romantic is great and why I liked it.
Is this movie a natural progression from the indie movies you normally do?
I dont think you can discriminate against budgets, you know? Im an actor, I guess, so Im just trying to play as many characters as I can. If theres a character I think I can play, and theyre going to let me do it, Ill do it whether its $10 or $1 million or more.
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES GARNER:
What was it like filming "The Notebook?"
To make it was just like any other picture. You go to work and you go home.
No more love on this set than normal?
Not that I know of. Not on the set (laughing). Being married for 48 years, I wasnt looking for that.
48 years, and you met your wife and married her extremely quickly.
I met my wife and married her 14 days later. Its a lot like this movie in the sense that Ryan [Goslings] character, who plays me when Im young, sees her at the carnival and falls absolutely madly in love. And thats pretty much what I did. I saw my wife at a pool, flipped over her, and 14 days later we were married.
Whats nice about this movie is it isnt a cheesy love story, it didnt need to end on the happiest note yet its a very touching ending.
There was a wonderful ending to it. I felt it was kind of uplifting in a way, but we wont talk about the ending itself. Youre right, its not a cheesy love story. Its sincere and when those kids are young, they have a great time.
Why dont we see many love stories on the screen anymore?
Because theyre not a 'blockbuster.' You dont blow up a world in the first five minutes. Everybody wants blockbusters. I like to see a few pictures now and then that have to do with people and have relationships, and thats what I want to do films about. I dont want to see these sci-fi movies, and I dont want to do one of those. I dont understand it.
And finally getting the chance to work with Gena Rowlands
Shes a sweetheart. What a princess.