Ryan Gosling found himself at the center of a bizarre controversy when he arrived at First Man premiere in Venice this week.
The Damien Chazelle-helmed biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong received rave reviews and early Oscar buzz at the festival. BUT… the movie doesn’t include the key scene of Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon, and that has conservatives up in arms, threatening to boycott the film. They’re going so far as to call Gosling an idiot, loser, weirdo, hack, Hollywood elite, traitor, and even a pedophile (?!) – saying he ought to be deported for acting in the film.
Gosling argued that the first voyage to the moon was a “human achievement” that didn’t just represent an American accomplishment, and that’s how Armstrong viewed it.
“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 also joked that he’s Canadian, so he “might have cognitive bias.”
First Man arrives in theaters October 12 and also stars The Crown star Claire Foy as Armstrong’s wife, Janet. It currently has a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I wasn’t planning on seeing because I feel like I’ve seen this movie a hundred times before (lots of shots of ’60s-era scientists fretting in a big room… lots of shots of engine thrusters having problems… lots of astronauts experiencing g-force gravity… lots of worried wives hugging their children and telling them daddy will be just fine while nervously watching a black-and-white TV…) but now that I know the MAGA idiots are against it, I might have to go out of spite…
(via Business Insider; Photos: Avalon Red and MediaPunch)