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Ryan Gosling prepared for his role by living in Charleston, South Carolina before filming began. For two months, he rowed the Ashley River in the morning and built furniture during the day.
The "after 7 years Allie and Noah" scenes were shot first and then the crew/cast went on a Christmas break. Ryan Gosling had to lose the beard and 20lbs he'd had as the older Noah and come back to play the young Noah. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were rather shy and unsure around each other in the "after 7 years" scenes but were more comfortable together in the young Allie and Noah scenes.
Gena Rowlands, who played older Allie in the movie, is the director's (Nick Cassavetes) mother.
Ryan Gosling built the kitchen table featured in the movie in preparation for his role as Noah.
According to Nick Cassavetes, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did not get along at first and that Gosling tried to have McAdams replaced.
Ryan Gosling was the director's (Nick Cassavetes) first and only choice for the role of Noah. Before Cassavetes, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Justin Timberlake were also once attached to the project but backed out.
Rachel McAdams auditioned for the role during another movie's premiere. She was given the script just a day in advance. She beat nine other actresses for the role. The scenes used during her audition included the one of Allie's and Noah's argument at the end after Allie and her mother return from their morning drive.
Other actresses besides Rachel McAdams who are rumored to have been under consideration for the role of Allie included Ashley Judd , Britney Spears and Reese Witherspoon.
Background music for the original theatrical trailer for this film featured music from Rachel Portman's score for The Cider House Rules (1999) .
Jessica Biel auditioned for the role of Allie.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were both born in London, Ontario, Canada. Walt Whitman, quoted in the classroom scene ("Do I contradict myself?") and other parts of the movie, had a long friendship with 19th century London, Ontario, psychiatrist Dr. Maurice Bucke, which was depicted in the film Beautiful Dreamer (2006) .

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ryan Gosling (Young Noah) wore brown eye contacts because James Garner (Old Noah) has brown eyes, and Gosling has blue.
The pictures of an older Alie and Noah through the years are actually the personal photos of Gena Rowlands of her and her husband and director Nick Cassavetes' father John Cassavetes with James Garner's face photoshopped in over John's face.
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