Film space race and let US flag moon landing scene
‘First Man’ star Ryan Gosling defends the decision.
Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming film “First Man” late Sunday for its director, the decision to not see that the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.
Aldrin, 88, who was the second man on the moon, behind the crew, Neil Armstrong, placed historical photos of the flag to plants, and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”
#proudtobeanAmerican #freedom #honor #onenation #Apollo11 #July1969 #roadtoApollo50 pic.twitter.com/gApIwLzaJw
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 3, 2018
Armstrong, who died at the age of 82 in 2012, is the subject of the “First Man”, which stars Ryan Gosling and is scheduled to hit theaters next month.
In the previous posts Saturday, Aldrin shared photos of himself with a T-shirt with the slogan: “Buzz Aldrin, the Future of Mars” that shows an astronaut planting the American flag on the Red Planet.
He has also retweeted a photo of himself saluting while standing next to an enlarged photo of the Apollo 11 mission that has the flag on the moon.
The ultimate Selfie-Selfie…thank you for sharing the beautiful photo and the incredible journey @TheRealBuzz. #Moonwalker #Apollo11 #RoadToApollo50 #NASA pic.twitter.com/ZwAVgWZSJO
— Pir8lksat40 (@pir8lksat40) July 22, 2018
RYAN GOSLING DEFENDS BEIL ARMSTRONG BIOPIC ‘FIRST MAN’, SHOWS THE AMERICAN FLAG ON THE MOON LANDING SCENE
But despite the controversy, actor Gosling, a native of Canada, defended the decision not to portray the flag planting scene, saying, at the Venice film festival that the decision of intent, because the landing on the moon “transcended countries and borders.”
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that is how we chose to view it,” Gosling told reporters. “I also think that Neil was very humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and again he deferred the attention from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”
A lot of ridiculed and criticized Gosling’s decision, with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio adopted in which the “total madness” and ignoring the historical reality.
This is total madness. And a bad service in a time when our people need to remember what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by the Americans,with American technology and carrying American astronauts. It was not a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) of 31 August 2018
“The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by the Americans, with American technology and carrying American astronauts. It was not a UN mission,” Rubio tweeted.
NEIL ARMSTRONG, THE SONS DEFEND ‘FIRST MAN’ – FILM CLAIMS THAT IT IS ‘ANTI-AMERICAN’
But on Friday, Rick and Mark Armstrong, sons of the late astronaut, together with biographer James R. Hansen, gave a statement to push back against the criticism and says director Damien Chazelle the film is “the opposite” of “anti-American.”
She added that the comments about the film are largely made by people who haven’t actually seen the movie yet.
“This story is human and it is universal. Of course celebrates an achievement in America. It also celebrates an achievement for all mankind.'”
– Rick and Mark Armstrong, James R. Hansen
“This story is human and it is universal. Of course celebrates an achievement in America. It also celebrates an achievement for the entire human race, ” the statement said, adding that “the filmmakers chose to focus on Neil looks back at the earth, his walk to the Little West Crater, a unique, personal experience of completing this journey, a journey that for so many incredible highs and devastating lows.”
Chazelle himself also released a statement, insisting the omission of the planting of the AMERICAN flag had nothing to do with politics.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the second man to step foot on the moon.
“The flag is physically planted in the ground is one of the many moments of the Apollo 11 on the moon EVA [extravehicular activity] that I have chosen to focus on,” he said Friday.
“On the question of whether this is a political statement, the answer is no. My goal with this film was to share with the audience the unseen, unknown aspects of the american mission to the moon — in particular, Neil Armstrong ‘ s personal saga and what his thoughts and feelings during that famous few hours,” the director added.
Fox News’ Amy’s Place contributed to this story.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.