The United States of America was the first nation to land a human being on the moon. But you wouldn’t know that from watching Ryan Gosling’s new movie about that amazing feat because producers apparently worked to eliminate references to the U.S.A. in the film so that it would appeal better to international audiences.
The new film, entitled Fist Man, is supposed to depict NASA’s 1969 landing of Neil Armstrong on the moon. But one of the most iconic aspects of that amazing feat — Armstrong’s planting of the U.S. flag on the moon — will not be part of the film.
Gosling, a Canadian actor, has defended the elimination of the planting of the flag saying that producers wanted to turn the movie about America landing the first man on the moon into a “human achievement” instead of an American achievement.
Per Fox News:
The film fails to show one of the most integral moments of American history – when Armstrong plants the American flag on the moon, according to The Telegraph. Ryan Gosling, the Canadian actor who portrays Armstrong in the movie, defended the decision to not show the flag.
Gosling was asked at the Venice Film Festival whether omitting the scene was deliberate and the actor attempted to sidestep the question by responding that the moon landing “transcended countries and borders.”
“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” he told reporters. “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 said he didn’t think Armstrong “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 jokingly admitted he might have “cognitive bias” being that he’s Canadian.
So, Hollywood wants to take a supremely American achievement and turn it into a “human achievement”?
This is just another example of how much Hollywood hates the U.S.A.
The film, First Man, will hit theaters on October 12.
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