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THE MOVIE: The Notebook

Gena Rowlands • James Garner • Ryan Gosling
• Rachel McAdams
DIRECTOR: Nick Cassavetes

Past memories THE CONCEPT:
In 1940, while on vacation, Allie Hamilton (McAdams) and local boy Noah Calhoun (Gosling) fall in love. Decades later, a man (Garner) reads from a faded notebook to an old woman. Though her memory has faded, she becomes caught up in the story of Allie and Noah.

U.S. RELEASE: June 25 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


GENA ROWLANDS on working with her son Nick, who directed the movie:
“Both Nick and John [Cassavetes] genuinely and actively have a love of actors. Nicky’s a little tougher about holding you to an exact line. But he creates a very nice climate for acting, and he’s got a very good eye.”

“The first scene that I did with Gena, she’s in the house and I’m sitting on the porch in a chair and she’s supposed to come out, and I hear Nick say, ‘Okay, mom. Action.’ Well, I ruined that take because I just broke up. That was so funny. That tickled me to death. But he showed his mother great respect. He was gentle with her and worked with her. What I loved about it is that she listened to him. Here’s a professional actress who’s one of the best ever, and she’s listening to her son tell her about things. I really admired that in both of them.”

“When I read the script I sobbed uncontrollably. I went into the audition the next day and I think I was so full of that emotion, of the love story that I believed in so much, that when I went in there that just sort of translated.”

“I think that it’s pretty fair to say that we probably wouldn’t have made the film if we hadn’t found Rachel. Allie really drives the movie. It’s her movie and we’re in it. It all kind of depended on that actress.”

GARNER on the craziest thing he’s done for love:
“I met my wife and married her in two weeks. We went out every night for about thirteen nights and then got married on the fourteenth. We’re still at it after forty-eight years, and we think that it’s going to work!”

“I craziest thing I’ve done for love I admit is, I stalked someone. I showed up at a restaurant where I knew the guy worked. I pretended that I didn’t know he worked there, and then ran into him and said, ‘Oh my god, you work here? I had no idea.’ It’s the most manipulative thing I’ve done in my entire life, but it all worked out very well, so I have no regrets.”

“Nick was very close to both his parents and really in love with their love. So, yeah, Nick is the main actor in this movie. He’s very passionate about it and I think that in his experience he felt that he was around (a love) like this when he was growing up.”

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