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Ryan Gosling: 'Notebook' Director Told Me I Wasn't 'Handsome' or 'Cool'

USMagazine, Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:07am (PST)
  • Millions of women and men would disagree with director Nick Cassavetes -- who cast a then-unknown Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook" because, well, he wasn't that cute.

    Now one of the most sought-after hunks in Hollywood, the "Drive" actor, 31, was just a Mickey Mouse Club alum and indie movie actor when Cassavetes was casting for his now-beloved, 2004 romantic film.

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    "The director, Nick Cassavetes, called me to meet him at his house," Gosling tells the British magazine Company. "When I got there, he was standing in his back yard, and he looked at me and said, 'I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts."

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    Gosling went on to star in the smash film opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams -- whom he dated and was briefly engaged to.

    And despite his leading man status today, Gosling tells the mag he grew up a "lonely child. I didn't do well at school and TV was my only friend."

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    It was watching the small screen that inspired him to go Hollywood. "Then, one day, I saw Raquel Welch on 'The Muppet Show.' She was dancing with this big furry spider and I immediately fell in love. She was the first crush I ever had, and I thought, 'How do I get to meet this woman?' And then I thought, 'Well, she's on TV, so to meet her I have to get on TV myself."

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