George Clooney reveals secret from his friendship with Paul Newman.

George Clooney revealed he almost starred in “The Notebook”!

Things could have been different in movie history. George Clooney just confessed that he nearly got the leading role in “The Notebook” instead of Ryan Gosling, if it wasn’t for his friendship with legendary Hollywood actor Paul Newman. Keep reading as we share everything about this amazing story!

  • George Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a multifaceted star: actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter.
  • The 59-year-old star is the winner of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, one for acting in “Syriana” and the other for co-producing “Argo”.
  • Clooney's net worth estimated at $500 million.
  • Paul Newman, was an American actor, film director, race car driver, and entrepreneur. He was honor with several awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award. He passed away from lung cancer on September 26, 2008 at the age of 83.

“The Descendants” star revealed that one of the Hollywood legends that most influenced his career is Paul Newman. He recently shared details about his friendship with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” star, towards the end of Newman’s life.

Ryan Goslyn playing Paul Newman in "The Notebook"

They were going to work together in “The Notebook” Clooney was going to play Newman as a young man, and he though it was going to be his big screen highlight. 

After the meeting, the actor went home, watched a few of Newman’s iconic movies and got really intimidated. So he meet again with the Hollywood legend “You’re one of the handsomest guys I’ve ever seen. I can’t play you. I don’t look anything like you. This is insane,” Clooney revealed.

Hollywood legend Paul Newman. Source: Getty Images

Clooney admired Newman for his incredible acting career, charisma and especially for his fantastic sense of humor.

After directing a movie flop called “Leatherheads” Newman, who was still racing at the time, had a race car accident. So, he took a photo of “Leatherheads” and superimposed it on the wrecked car, and said, “I was driving your car in the race.’”

George Clooney on the set of "The Midnight Sky" - Source: Netflix

Clooney’s next directorial movie is “The Midnight Sky” a Netflix science fiction drama about a scientist in the Arctic who must stop a group of astronauts from returning to earth in the wake of a global disaster. It stars Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo, and Tiffany Boone.

Corey Robertson

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