Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has waded into the flag flap surrounding “First Man,” Damien Chazelle’s new drama about the moon landing.
The Neil Armstrong biopic, starring Ryan Gosling as the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, was unveiled last week at Venice Film Festival to stellar reviews. But conservative commentators slammed the filmmaker’s decision to skip a shot of Armstrong planting the American flag. (Critics who’ve seen the film say the flag is shown flying in it.)
Aldrin, the second person to step out on the moon, took his jab Sunday on Twitter. “#proudtobeanamerican,” he tweeted, along with images of the flag planting.
Gosling got the conversation going at a news conference in Venice, where he told journalists that Armstrong was “extremely humble” and “didn’t consider himself a hero,” saying the milestones of the mission “transcend countries and borders.”
Unsurprisingly, uproar ensued on Twitter, with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio calling the movie “total lunacy” and “a disservice.”
This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission.
Neil Armstrong movie ‘First Man’ omits the American flag being planted on the moon, and star Ryan Gosling defended the decision: ‘I don’t think that Neil viewed himself as an American hero’ https://read.bi/2C0Xfuv
Departing Fox News correspondent Adam Housley expressed disbelief at the omission.
Did the movie ‘First Man’ really omit the American Flag being planted on the moon? Just a reminder to whoever made that decision…President Kennedy challenged America to beat the communists…oh and we did. Just wish I was alive to experience it.
Weekly Standard editor at large Bill Kristol called it a “foolish and pernicious falsification of history.”
Maybe Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) should hear from Americans about this foolish and pernicious falsification of history? I imagine it’s not too late to add a scene to the movie. Otherwise, we can all stay home and re-watch Apollo 13 on TV. https://www.businessinsider.com/neil-armstrong-movie-first-man-omits-american-flag-on-moon-gosling-defends-2018-8?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=topbar&utm_term=desktop …
Neil Armstrong movie ‘First Man’ omits the American flag being planted on the moon, and star Ryan…
The Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle premiered at the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, but it fails to include a key scene in Armstrong’s life and…
Chazelle pointed to the film as Armstrong’s story. “To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no,” he told the Associated Press. “My goal with this movie was to share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America’s mission to the moon – particularly Neil Armstrong’s personal saga and what he may have been thinking and feeling during those famous few hours.”
Armstrong died in 2012. His sons, Rick Armstrong and Mark Armstrong, took issue with the characterization of the film as anti-American, issuing a joint statement on Friday with author James R. Hansen, who wrote the book the movie is based on.