Ryan Gosling Defends ‘First Man’ Amid American Flag Controversy

“This is total lunacy,” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted. “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.”
Gosling and Chazelle previously worked together on Oscar-winner “La La Land.”
The fact that the film does not show the placing of the American flag on the moon is a detail that leaked after “First Man” made its world premiere a few days ago at the film festival.
According to Deadline, the film received a three-minute standing ovation at its conclusion. Early reviews have also been largely glowing.
Explaining why he decided to pursue the story, Chazelle said he saw the moon landing as something that was “easy to take it for granted” “especially for people in my generation,” according to one video from the press conference.
“So I think I became more fascinated the more I learned what actually went into it,” said Chazelle.
“First Man” will be released October 12.

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