8. Gosling was a small method
Throughout the film, Gosling covered up her baby blues and wore brown contact lenses because James Garner, the famous actor who played the eldest Noah, had brown eyes. While young Noah was very interested in the sequel, Garner, who died just a month after the film was released in July 2004, really didn’t care. According to Cassavetes, Gosling also approached the older actor about accents…leading to a hilariously awkward conversation.
“[Ryan] said, “I was thinking about accents. There are all sorts of South Carolina accents – we’re more rural and this and that. [Garner] goes, ‘I don’t do accents, kid. They are stupid,” Cassavetes said, “and [Ryan] go, ‘Okay. What about eye color? I have blue eyes. You have brown eyes. He says: ‘Everyone knows Jim Garner has brown eyes. Do what you want, kid. [Ryan] says, ‘OK, I guess I’m going to wear contacts. And the hair ? And he said, ‘Do whatever you want, kid. Delighted to meet you. See you later.’ Ryan looked at me and said, ‘Shut up, don’t even say a word.’ So that’s just one example of two wildly different types of acting styles. Both are wildly successful.”
Another example of Gosling’s acting method going a little overboard was his suggestion that they burn down Noah’s house as a metaphor for his feelings. “He would come up to me and be like, ‘Why can’t I burn the house down?’,” Cassavetes revealed, “I would say, ‘Because I don’t even know what that means.’ And he’d say, ‘Clean up my fire!'” Gosling’s idea didn’t go through, and the gorgeous home still stands on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.