Film space race and let US flag moon landing scene
‘First Man’ star Ryan Gosling defends the decision.
“First Man,” the Neil Armstrong biopic that tells the story of the 1969 moon landing, has the show stolen on several international film festivals, but not everyone is happy.
The film shows one of the most integral moments of American history – as Armstrong plants the American flag on the moon, according to The Telegraph. Ryan Gosling, the Canadian actor who portrays Armstrong in the film, defended the decision to not show the flag.
Gosling was asked at the Venice Film Festival or the omission of the scene was deliberate, and he responded to the landing on the moon “transcended countries and borders.”
Ryan Gosling has defended the decision to omit the flag planting scene.
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“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that is how we chose to view it,” he 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.”
Gosling said that he doesn’t think that Armstrong considered himself as an American hero.”
“From my interviews with his family and people who knew him, it was exactly the opposite. And we wanted the film to reflect Neil.
Gosling jokingly that he could have “cognitive bias” is that he is Canadian.
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant an American flag on the moon in July 1969.
Before his death in 2012, Armstrong said that it is not up to him whether the American flag or United Nations flag have been planted, The Telegraph stated.
“Eventually, it was decided by the Congress, that this was one of the United States project. We were not going to be a territorial claim, but we had to let people know that we were here, and an AMERICAN flag,” he said.
“First Man” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 12.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.