George Clooney has revealed the (shocking) news that he almost starred in The Notebook instead of Ryan Gosling.

The 59-year-old’s confession left us clutching our pearls in disbelief as we can’t imagine the iconic movie with anybody but Ryan alongside his on-screen love interest Rachel McAdams.

He explained that he was about to do the film along with pal Paul Newman (who was going to play older Noah), but soon realised they looked nothing alike and decided to step away from the project.

‘We were going to do The Notebook together. Basically, I was going to play him as a young man, and it was funny,’ he told Deadline.

‘We met and said, “This is it. It’s going to be great”. He’s one of the handsomest guys you’ve ever seen.’

He continued: ‘We met up [again] and I said, “I can’t play you. I don’t look anything like you. This is insane”.’

The Ocean’s Eleven star said they just wanted to work together, but it wasn’t ‘the right thing’ for them to do.

Ryan ended up playing Noah and, although George is one of Hollywood’s top heartthrobs, we’re glad it is the way it is.

Rachel starred as Allie Hamilton while the elderly version of the character was played by Gena Rowlands.

It was previously revealed that Ryan, 39, got his big break in the movie because no-one else wanted the role.

The part of Noah Calhoun in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel was turned down by various stars before it was offered to Ryan, who was relatively unknown at that stage.

‘No-one wanted to play Noah. It was incredibly hard to find an actor willing to play him,’ author Nicholas told IMdb Asks in 2016.

‘A lot of the actors said, ‘Well, what’s Noah’s arc?’ It’s a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up, and then he’s there and he’s still in love, and then at the end of the film, well, he’s still in love. Where’s the arc?’

The actor himself has even previously spoken about his audition for the role, saying that director Nick Cassavetes said he wanted him for the part because he wasn’t handsome or cool.

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