Britney Spears was one of many frontrunners to star as Allie, reverse Ryan Gosling’s Noah, within the 2004 romantic-drama, ‘The Pocket book.’
The Pocket book that would’ve been.
Hollywood casting director, Matthew Barry, shared a two-decades previous audition tape with the Each day Mail, which sees Britney Spears studying scenes reverse her fellow Mickey Mouse membership alum, Ryan Gosling.
The 2002 clip sees a then-21-year-old Spears give an emotional efficiency through the display screen take a look at with Gosling, sobbing as she learn her strains.
Spears, who was wearing a white lace prime and sporting her hair down within the long-awaited audition tape, and Gosling, who’s standing off-camera, learn by a scene collectively.
The pop star slowly tears up as she goes by her strains for the movie, based mostly on the 1996 novel of the identical title by Nicholas Sparks, which follows Allie and Noah who fall in love within the Nineteen Forties earlier than being pressured aside by her disapproving mom.
“I am not staying,” Spears begins. “I attempted to name you to let you know that I wasn’t going to remain, however no one answered the cellphone.”
It is then Spears reveals that her character — Allie — is planning to marry one other man after shedding contact with Noah, who she presumed was lifeless after being drafted away for conflict.
“Noah, you possibly can’t marry two individuals. And I am marrying Lon, so I ought to go, okay?,” she continues.
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Spears begins crying, telling Gosling, “I prayed so that you can die within the conflict, actually. Effectively not die. I might have felt fully horrible if you happen to would die. However I kinda did not need you to be alive anymore as a result of I could not bear the considered you being with anyone else, or of us by no means seeing one another once more. So I gotta go, okay?”
Regardless of Spears’ touching efficiency, the function would in the end go to Rachel McAdams, nonetheless, in accordance Barry, the singer, now 41, beat out a slew of different hopefuls, together with Claire Danes, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams and Jessica Biel.
She was even the front-runner for the a part of Allie earlier than the film’s creators landed on McAdams.
The uncooked, two-and-a-half minute audition got here on the heels of Spears’ breakup from ex, Justin Timberlake, which got here to an finish with a textual content message after three years of relationship.
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Whether or not the second was fueled by the break up or not, Barry mentioned Spears’ skill to faucet into these feelings “blew away” the film’s producers and virtually secured her the function.
“Britney wasn’t simply good, she was phenomenal,” Barry recalled of the 2002 audition.
He continued, “It was a troublesome choice. Britney blew us all away. Our jaws had been on the ground. I used to be blown away. Completely blown away. She introduced her A-game that day.”
Gosling equally praised Spears in a 2013 interview with Leisure Tonight, telling the outlet, “We met with loads of actresses, they usually had been all excellent. I hadn’t seen her actually since she was about 12 — we had been each 12 — so she’s grown up, however she was actually good, truly.”
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It lastly got here all the way down to a “powerful” name between Spears and then-unknown actress McAdams, who moviemakers finally determined to go along with for the 2004 movie.
The choice was welcomed by Spears who mentioned later mentioned in her memoir that she would’ve felt “tousled” spending weeks taking part in Nineteen Forties-era heiress, Allie.
Recalling her display screen take a look at in her upcoming tell-all, The Lady in Me, Spears mentioned, “The Pocket book casting got here all the way down to me and Rachel McAdams, and although it might have been enjoyable to reconnect with Ryan Gosling after our time on The Mickey Mouse Membership, I am glad I did not do it.”
She continued, “If I had, as a substitute of engaged on my album Within the Zone, I would have been performing like a Nineteen Forties heiress day and night time.”
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It was a spot Spears was unwilling to enterprise to once more as she had discovered herself overwhelmed by Methodology performing through the filming of Crossroads, during which she performed Lucy Wagner.
“I hope I by no means get near that occupational hazard once more,” Spears wrote. “Dwelling that means, being half your self and half a fictional character, is tousled. After some time you do not know what’s actual anymore.”
The Pocket book went on to be an enormous hit, and is taken into account top-of-the-line romantic movies of all time.
Except for grossing $118 million on the field workplace on a $29 million price range, the film helped launch each Gosling and McAdams into superstardom.