Of course he starred in "The Notebook" already.
Have you read it?
"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?
This picture is from CRAZY STUPID LOVE, another romantic comedy.
He was also a front runner for Fifty Shades of Grey.