Turns out director Nick Cassavetes saw something in the actor no woman has ever seen.
To many women, Ryan Gosling is the hottest thing out there right now. When he was usurped of his rightful title of People's "Sexiest Man Alive" by Bradley Cooper, angry ladies took to the streets to protest the decision at the magazine's offices in New York City, and even Bradley admitted Ryan deserved it more. Bradley Cooper Agrees: Ryan Gosling Should Be "Sexiest Man Alive"
However, it seems the editors at People aren't the only ones who thinks Gosling is less than perfect. In 2003, when The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes was casting the role Gosling would later make famous, he found Ryan to be no Brad Pitt. According to Us Weekly, Ryan recalls in a recent interview with the British magazine Company that "Cassavetes looked at me and said, 'I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts."
Though that's how Cassavetes felt, it's not how The Notebook's biggest fans saw his from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks character, Noah. Beneath Noah's shabby clothes and grimy hair they saw Ryan's true babe potential. And boy, did he sure blossom into it.
That said, Cassavetes wasn't completely wrong with his initial assumptions about the actor. As it turns out, the heartthrob was a little bit of a loner back in the day. Gosling tells the mag he grew up a "lonely child. I didn't do well at school and TV was my only friend."
Poor guy. Although, we don't feel too sorry for him anymore, as the 31-year-old is now one of the biggest celebrity crushes since Pitt! He's also making a cool, leading man salary, and is currently dating sultry actress, Eva Mendes. So nerds, rejoice! Ryan Gosling is living proof that it really does get better... and sexier. Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes Romance Each Other In Paris
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