He has starred in some of the most iconic films of the past three decades, but only in a handful of romance films.
But George Clooney revealed during a virtual interview with Deadline on Sunday that he almost starred in the popular romance The Notebook.
The 59-year-old actor originally planned to star, which would later go to Ryan Gosling, while his friend Paul Newman would play him as an older man.
Alternate story: George Clooney, 59, announced to Deadline on Sunday that he wanted to play with Paul Newman as the older man in The Notebook (2004). shown in May 2019
“We wanted to do The Notebook together,” Clooney said. “Basically I wanted to play him as a young man, and it was fun. We met and said, “This is it. It is going to be great.”
But his excitement subsided when he watched some of the Cool Hand Luke star’s greatest films and realized he wasn’t going to be a believable younger version of Newman.
“He’s one of the prettiest guys you’ve ever seen. We met [again] and I said, “I can’t play you. I don’t look like you. This is crazy, ”he continued.
“We only wanted to do it because we wanted to work together, [but] It wasn’t right for us. ‚
Excited: “We wanted to do The Notebook together,” said Clooney. “Basically I wanted to play him as a young man, and it was fun. We met and said, “This is it. It is going to be great.” ,; Clooney introduced himself Sunday
Doesn’t Fit: His excitement subsided after seeing some of Newman’s films and realizing he wasn’t going to be a believable younger version of him; Newman with Joanne Woodward in 2004
Not even around: “He’s one of the prettiest guys you’ve ever seen. We met [again] and I said, “I can’t play you. I don’t look like you. This is crazy, ”said Clooney. Newman shown in 1955
Clooney didn’t say when he and Newman considered starring in The Notebook, but the novel Nicholas Sparks was published in 1996 and the rights to it were acquired that same year.
The film was released almost a decade later in 2004, with Ryan Gosling in the role that Clooney saw for himself opposite Rachel McAdams.
Newman’s role was played by James Garner, while McAdams’ age-old character was played by Gena Rowlands.
Newman, who had been a heavy smoker until the mid-1980s, died of lung cancer in 2008 at the age of 83.
Long Delay: The rights to The Notebook were bought in 1996, but the film wasn’t made until 2004, with Ryan Gosling in the role that Clooney saw for himself versus Rachel McAdams
Recast: James Garner ended up playing the older character in place of Newman, with Gena Rowlands playing an older version of McAdams’ character. still from the notebook
Funny Guys: Clooney admired Newman for his humor, such as when he crashed his race, and compared it to Clooney’s film Leatherheads, which was “bombed” at the box office; the two with Bruce Willis in 2006
Clooney admired Newman’s work and the way he led his personal life, but the well-known rogue also admired the seasoned actor’s sense of humor.
‘We had a very fun relationship late in life for him. I made a movie called Leatherheads that just got completely bombed. [Newman] was still in the race at the time and drove a car and it crashed, ”Clooney said.
“So he took a picture of Leatherheads and put it on the crashed car and said,” I drove your car in the race. “
On Thursday, Deadline reported that Clooney will be working with another seasoned artist on the upcoming adaptation of John Grisham’s Calico Joe.
He will be producing the baseball film with legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, and Clooney is also considering the project as his next directorial work.
Icons: Deadline reported Thursday that Clooney is producing John Grisham’s baseball adaptation, Calico Joe, with Bob Dylan, and he might be directing it too. Dylan pictured in 2012
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