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Upcoming Neil Armstrong Film Omits Astronaut Planting U.S. Flag on the Moon

The movie, “First Man,” stars Ryan Gosling, a Canadian, who defended the decision.

By NTK Staff | 08.31.2018 @9:01am
Upcoming Neil Armstrong Film Omits Astronaut Planting U.S. Flag on the Moon

“First Man,” a film focusing on astronaut Neil Armstrong’s voyage to the moon aboard Apollo 11 and slated for an October release, is drawing controversy at the Venice Film Festival this week for not including a key moment from history in which the astronaut plants the U.S. flag on the moon’s surface.

The actor portraying Armstrong, Ryan Gosling, defended the decision to leave the historic scene out of the film.

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling. “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

Gosling added, “He was reminding everyone that he was just the tip of the iceberg – and that’s not just to be humble, that’s also true. So I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero. From my interviews with his family and people that knew him, it was quite the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.”

Gosling, who is from Canada, is best known for his roles in the films “The Notebook” and “La La Land.”

Despite it only being August, “First Man” has already gained a fair amount of Oscar buzz. Director Damien Chazelle is no stranger to awards season. He also directed “Whiplash” and “La La Land.”

But regardless of Gosling or Chazelle’s view, the human race landed on the moon because of the hard work and determination of America’s space program. The least the filmmakers could have done was acknowledge that fact by reflecting a poignant moment from history in their biopic.

“First Man” clocks in at two hours and 18 minutes and will be released October 12.

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