James Marsden Didn't Think The Notebook Would Be a Good Movie
James Marsden, who plays Lon Hammond, didn't actually think The Notebook would be that great of a movie. "I never set out to make a bad movie," Marsden told Out magazine. "Some movies just turn out bad, and I want to scream, 'Why did you pick that take?!' Then there are some movies that I've been in that I was sure people would laugh at, that have become huge. I thought The Notebook was going to be a schmaltzy Movie of the Week–type thing, and here we are!"