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!
“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.
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.
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.’”
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.