George Clooney almost played Ryan Gosling's character in The Notebook

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George Clooney.
George Clooney.
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George Clooney almost starred in The Notebook.

During an interview for his upcoming Netflix film The Midnight Sky, the 59-year-old revealed that he and Paul Newman considered doing the 2004 movie based on Nicholas Sparks' novel.

According to Deadline, the actor said: "We were going to do The Notebook together. Basically, I was going to play him as a young man, and it was funny. We met and said, 'This is it. It's going to be great.'"

But after watching some of Paul's films, George got intimidated, and when he met up with Paul again, he told him: "'I can't play you. I don't look anything like you. This is insane.'" He added: "We just wanted to do it because we wanted to work together, [but] it ended up being not the right thing for us to do."

Ryan Gosling went on to play the young Noah Calhoun, and James Garner played the older version.

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Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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