It’s hard to imagine that no actors were interested in playing the character Noah in The Notebook, but according to the book's author, Nicholas Sparks, when looking for actors for the movie, they couldn't find anyone that was interested in Noah's role!
Sparks said in an interview with IMdb; 'The funny thing was, no one wanted to play Noah. It was incredibly hard to find an actor willing to play Noah. It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, 'Well, what's Noah's arc?' 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,' they said. 'Where's the arc?' So Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life.'
But luckily for us Ryan Gosling was there to play the sensitive, chiseled, sexy man, Noah Calhoun. The movie made Gosling a household name - cue the millions of seducing 'Hey Girl' memes, and surprisingly, he didn't have a lot of competition for the role!
The stars were aligned and Ryan Gosling was destined to play Noah, sparking a lustful obsession of women everywhere that still hasn’t fizzled out in the 12 years since the release of the movie.