“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling reportedly said. “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, who is Canadian and joked he “might have cognitive bias,” added: “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’s comments and the moment’s omission prompted some criticism from conservatives and calls for a boycott of the film.
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.
“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.
News credit : Cnn